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Where's the switch?

I got the door fixed -- well, at least it closes and the paint is fixed.

But now the door ajar warning flashes at bumps and around curves! The interior lights come on ...

It goes off, but it's not right. I tried the three connection points on the door jam and on the door, cleaned them and nothing. So, I put electrical tape over them -- to confirm that those are indeed the connection points -- they aren't. (What are they?)

Anyway, back to the dealer on Monday unless I can figure it out before then.
 

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No, the lock doesn't change it.
 

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I tried the three connection points on the door jam and on the door, cleaned them and nothing. So, I put electrical tape over them -- to confirm that those are indeed the connection points -- they aren't. (What are they?)
I guess those are the electric door lock contacts. One is ground, one is 12V pulse to unlock, the other is 12V pulse to lock.
 

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could just be for the cargo lights

I thought it was the "push button" switch mounted to the body at the rear of the door, but that could just be for the cargo lights.



 

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I thought it was the "push button" switch mounted to the body at the rear of the door, but that could just be for the cargo lights.
Yep, cargo light switch. In the unlined cargo vans, there's an easily accessible switch, there, that some of us have disconnected, to keep the slider open with no cargo lights drama.
 

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I took it to the dealer yesterday. They had to order a switch. Should be here Friday. (?)
 

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I took it to the dealer yesterday. They had to order a switch. Should be here Friday. (?)
You're such a tease. Where is the switch?!


Must be in the latch.
 

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You're such a tease. Where is the switch?!


Must be in the latch.
I don't know. I assume it is the post in the photo posted above as they said they could see it on the cargo van and had disconnected it. I'll be sure to ask.
 

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I don't know. I assume it is the post in the photo posted above as they said they could see it on the cargo van and had disconnected it. I'll be sure to ask.
I'll be darned. I guess the slider door ajar signal does come from that slider cargo light switch. I've had my cargo light switch disconnected for months. Just went and tested, and found that I don't get a door ajar warning.
 

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I'll be darned. I guess the slider door ajar signal does come from that slider cargo light switch. I've had my cargo light switch disconnected for months. Just went and tested, and found that I don't get a door ajar warning.
My slider door light switch also has been disconnected for months due to the stupid cargo light design. I do not get door ajar warning.

Sure is fun trying to decipher these new high tech computer systems.

I did figure out how to silence the horn and keep it from having a hissy fit for some unknown reason. Just disconnect it. Would like a horn that works when you press the horn button. I guess that is too old school.
 

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So tonight it's windy. The alarm has gone off 3 times. My neighbors have to be ready to have my head. Leave it unlocked...
 

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Has anyone actually determined that Ford realizes that have an issue with the slider door on wagons with the paint chipping, & alignment? I have a gray van, same issues?
 

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My wagon's sliding door just started intermittently sensing it is ajar when driving down the road. So far it is not frequent enough to be a problem, and so far I've not found the time to explore what needs to be adjusted.

Does anyone know what the proper fix is?
 

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I searched the repair manual and got nothing. Assuming the rear edge of your door is flush with the body when closed: Try pushing on the switch (halfway up the rear jamb) to see how far it needs to travel to turn the door ajar warning off. Put an oring or something on the switch to see how far its getting pushed in when the door is closed. Might be a bad switch. Might need adjustment or a shim on the door. It kinda looks adjustable. A picture from a parts diagram would be nice.
 

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My initial inspection indicates that the body shop must have knocked the pin out of the door switch, there's just a spring sticking out and it seems to be just barely contacting. If we hit a bump just right, it activates the door open warning. I will get it addressed asap.
 

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Meanwhile put a vacuum cap on it before you lose any (more) paint on the door. Ford tries to install a contact patch to protect the door but their aim sucks. At least on mine.
 

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My door ajar warning started going off again (and again and again).

I decided to fix it myself. So...

On Friday night I cleared out the driveway, backed the van in, and committed to spending my Saturday fixing the **** thing. Taking out the jump seat, the door panel, and the van trim...

Saturday morning about 4 am, I sat straight up in bed and eureka! I knew how to fix it.

Saturday when the morning glow started, I went to the van and for $.51 and 3 minutes of work, the problem went away. So now, I'm offering to help others with this problem. In fact, I'll help you save some money. Instead of taking your van back to the dealer, just mail me a crisp $20 bill and I'll send you the solution of how to fix yours for $.04. That's a deal! :)
 
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