Last week the wife was out in the 02 Taurus. Tried to start the engine
and would only run about two seconds and then quit. After a few tries
and 20 minutes later, it started and ran fine. Yesterday, the door ajar
light came on showing all doors open and would not go out. All doors
were closed. Last night she came in after dark and the exit lights would
not go out (interior lights). I tried everything with no luck. I finally
unhooked the battery and they would go out... hook the battery back up
and they would come on. Left the battery unhooked all night and sent her
to have the battery checked this morning. Battery checked Okay and no
lights on, everything working normal.
Is this some kind of Ford trick or what the hell is going on!
I smell beer!
One of the door switches is stuck. Unlike the old days, these aren't the
pin switches near the hinges. They are usually switches inside the
doors, next to the latch.
One common fix is to spray something like WD40 on the latch (the moving
part on the end of the door) and open/close the door a few times. You
may need to repeat a few times.
If the chime sounds when you put the key in the ignition, then it's the
driver's door. Otherwise, it's one of the others.
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The electrical switches which cause this problem are usually located
directly above or behind the lock mechanism. If you shine a light into
the lock you may be able to see the wire which goes to the switch. Try
to concentrate the cleaner in that area. It wouldn't hurt to clean the
lock too. After you clean the switches/locks and they're working all
right, you should lubricate them. (WD-40 is not a good lubricant) Wait a
few days for the cleaner to dry out and then spray some white lithium
grease into each switch/lock. Operate the doors several times like you
did with the cleaner. If you don't lubricate them, the problem will
probably come back in a few months or so.
You *must* let the cleaner dry out (evaporate) before you grease the
switches/locks. Otherwise the remaining cleaner will dilute the grease.
You could speed up the drying time by using a hair drier in the locks
but I would still wait at least a day before greasing.
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