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Old 03-19-2010, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This just started happening today. I got in the car and I noted the red dash light of a car with open doors was on. So was the interior light. I checked all the doors and found that the passenger back door has the belt stuck in it. I clear that and closed the door. It seems to close fine now. However the dash light and interior lights are still on. I checked the door for any physical defects or stuck parts but could find none.

I am not looking forward to when the battery dies. Any ideas? Help!
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lubricate the doors hinges and parts with some Liquid Wrench or other penetration lubricant.
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Old 03-19-2010, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Lubricate the doors hinges and parts with some Liquid Wrench or other penetration lubricant.[/b]
Already did that. No help. Light's still on. Used Liquid Wrench.
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soak the latch down and open and close the door several times to work the lube in. Door latched should all be lubed at every oil change with a lube that can penetrate.
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soak the latch down and open and close the door several times to work the lube in. Door latched should all be lubed at every oil change with a lube that can penetrate.[/b]
I did that. Soaked each lach and repeatedly opened and closed each door 15 times. Light's still on. I pulled the light. Any other ideas?
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Went back and relubbed everything. Moved the latch mechanism and sprayed lots of lube. Opened and closed all doors, including the trunk. No luck. I've unplugged the dome light. Help!
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Went back and relubbed everything. Moved the latch mechanism and sprayed lots of lube. Opened and closed all doors, including the trunk. No luck. I've unplugged the dome light. Help![/b]
I've been chasing the same problem on my '97 GL, and I believe it is electrical... maybe a short to ground/worn insulation. Mine is intermittant, and includes the driver's side door lock "unlocking" while the other's stay locked. Sometimes cycling the door lock switch (many times) will resolve it, but ususally not. Then at times, the issue will go away for several days, only to reappear. Time to call ghost busters...
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Pull each door panel off and check the little wire that runs to the latch. It's black w/ a stripe on my car. If it's grounded anywhere the car will think a door is open. Could be a GEM failure also.
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Pull each door panel off and check the little wire that runs to the latch. It's black w/ a stripe on my car. If it's grounded anywhere the car will think a door is open. Could be a GEM failure also.[/b]
GEM failure? WHat's that? How do I pull off the door panel?
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GEM is the Computer Module that controls all the NON engine components of the vehicle.
Windshield washer, door locks, door sensors. and the such. Think of it as a Body control module for Fords. It is located behind the fuse box.

IT is possible that something has fail inside it.
removal - http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/inde...howtopic=71050.

Door panel removal, means to take the plastic skin of the inside of the door to check the wiring for any short circuits and or wires with abrasions.
Door panels come off pretty easily. remove the Phillips head screws. There should be 7-9 of them. Then starting at the bottom, side your fingers between the plastic and metal of the door. Slide your fingers in the groove up to the top.

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