elbandoleroflow1: My question is... can i just remove all 4 ajar switches? i have a Ford taurus 97 and the Open Door Dashboard light keeps turned on after closing every door its annoying ._.
Sandra Gilkey: im putting this peice of crap nightmare poor design ford on craigslist. screw it....
electricwally: Thank you for the reply. Left a tip. Your description matches what I have but I cannot get the latch out. I sprayed the latch with WD-40 and White Lithium Grease. The latch does look as if its hanging up a bit. I also noticed that my front dome light was flickering and upon further investigation (after taking apart) realized the contacts were very dirty and the bulbs needed replacing as they worked but looked highly questionable. Now everything works normally.
Autotechviewpoint: All I can tell you is I believe there are plastic clips that hold the rods in place. I think that you should be able to push them off with a screwdriver, to unlock the plastic clip and pull the rod out of the hole. the clip should have a hole in it the is in a hole in the latch. HTH
electricwally: Todd, I would kindly leave a tip if you can please tell me how to remove those dang rods from the latch assembly. I would like to remove the entire latch and clean all areas. I tried to remove the door ajar switch without taking out the latch but there is simply not enough room for me to get a good grip on the mentioned switch. I have everything else removed except for these rods. I have to keep walking away from this project for a few minutes to keep my sanity. Thanks Todd.
electricwally: There are three rods and one cable that are keeping me from removing the latch. They are:
1) The outside door handle rod
2) The key lock cylinder rod
3) The automatic door lock rod (located at the bottom of the latch)
4) The inside door handle cable
How do I remove the above mentioned rods and cable please?. They are driving me crazy! Seems to me there is no way to remove these without causing some type of damage. Any ideas? Thank you.
electricwally: The symptoms I've been dealing with for about 5 years are not only the dome light staying on but also the door lights staying on and the power windows NOT working. However every time I reached over (from the driver seat) and opened the OUTSIDE passenger door handle the power windows would suddenly work. I have been all over the Ford Taurusclub about this issue and have tracked the problem down to the passenger door latch.
electricwally: Thanks again for the video. When you said, "the door ajar switch can stick causing the dome light to stay on". Can the switch be cleaned to stop the sticking or is the sticking issue an internal part of the switch that is not accessible? Thank you.
electricwally: During the process of removing the door latch, I noticed when I disconnected one of the many electrical plugs to the door latch that one in particular was filled with what appeared to be white lithium grease. The connector has two electrical tabs inside the socket that were covered with this grease. Should I clean this out or was the grease placed inside the connector for a specific reason?
electricwally: Thank you for the video. Your the only person who posted a video on this subject (that I can find). I've been at this for three hours now and cannot get the latch out. I have easily removed the door panel as I have done this before but please tell me how you removed the latch assembly. I have no idea how to disconnect the rods that are attached to the door handle and key lock cylinder. I also cannot believe the amount of electronics inside the door latch assembly. Man-o-man enough is enough.
Autotechviewpoint: Unfortunately you need to get to the connector and jump the wires together for the door ajar switch, or get to the module that controls the interior lights at test there. Sorry I do not have that information available now. 2 information sites are available through the tipjar website in the description.
Autotechviewpoint: yes you can get those from your local parts store, likely... Or surely you can find them on line somewhere
thededer: can someone please tell me if the door panel clips can be replaced one of mine are stripped
Autotechviewpoint: I think I found the connector and unplugged it and then jumpered it and the dome light went off. Fairly common problem
Matt Willshon: I have the same problem. How did you figure out witch door was makeing the problem.
lukkey7: Thanks a ton for recording this! I have a 97 Taurus as well. This has been a HUGE help!
djemontes: awesome!...thanks!...i got a 2002 taurus...but its gotta be the same location because i didnt find it until now.
Bob C: Thank you that is a big help!
Autotechviewpoint: @paullleor I would assume it is the same.
hp11208: i have a lincoln towncar the Dom.rear ligths stays on wont come off
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