2012 ford explorer exterior lights and interior lights won't turn off

Asked by Apr 30, 2016 at 12:48 PM about the 2012 Ford Explorer Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 2012 Ford Explorer and when I park the
car and lock it the exterior lights and the interior
lights stay on but the only time the lights will turn
off is when I hit the dashboard with my fist and
then the exterior lights will turn off but the interior
lights still stay on when I say interior lights I don't
mean the dome lights I mean the panel lights I
took the car 2 Ford they held it a week and said
nothing was wrong I can't tell them that the only
way I can turn the lights off is if I hit the dash
because I'm afraid that I might lose my extended
warranty any help would be appreciated

2 Answers


Does it have an add on alarm or anything else tied into the lighting system? Ford has several bulletins out about splicing into the harness at the wrong places causing the headlamp switch to fail or relays to stick. By hitting the dash you could be causing a sticky relay or bad headlamp switch to open the circuit that's causing your lights to stay on.

I'm not sure. It looks like the stock alarm system just like the food fusions.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2012 Explorer - Interior lights do not turn on when doors are opened or if switch is pressed. 3 answers

    Hi all, Having issues with the interior lights turning on when the door is opened or the dome switch is pressed. Symptoms: 1. Puddle lights, interior domes, center console light, steering wheel ligh...

    2012 Ford Explorer Limited


    Maintenance & Repair

  • how do i turn my anti theft light off on my 2002 ford explorer 12 answers

    our ford explorer 2002 theft light is on and it won't start. so how do we turn it off

    2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Back Interior light won't go off 1 answer

    I have a 2009 Ford Explorer. I noticed while driving at night the back interior light was on so I hit the button on the ceiling by the light and closed the hatch loved the doors and it still stayed...

    2009 Ford Explorer Limited


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Interior lights 1 answer

    Interior lights will not go on when doors are open.Reading lights work ok when turned on.Any info please.

    2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Exterior rear lights won't turn off? 1 answer

    My car received some service and got it home and turned off, the back, rear, exterior lights won't turn off

    2011 Ford Edge


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
Reputation 10,060
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,110
#3 tennisshoes
Reputation 2,350
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,029 Great Deals out of 74,887 listings starting at $750
Used Ford Expedition
473 Great Deals out of 24,887 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
549 Great Deals out of 29,235 listings starting at $1,699
Used Ford F-150
2,198 Great Deals out of 206,316 listings starting at $1,499
Used GMC Acadia
484 Great Deals out of 48,117 listings starting at $3,995
Used Ford Edge
700 Great Deals out of 50,637 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Durango
273 Great Deals out of 22,704 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Highlander
345 Great Deals out of 24,768 listings starting at $2,499
Used Ford Escape
1,396 Great Deals out of 93,564 listings starting at $1,250
Used Toyota 4Runner
254 Great Deals out of 20,494 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda Pilot
381 Great Deals out of 21,194 listings starting at $1,500
Used Nissan Pathfinder
266 Great Deals out of 22,736 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Traverse
553 Great Deals out of 51,305 listings starting at $5,500
Used GMC Yukon
377 Great Deals out of 18,226 listings starting at $2,950

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer Limited For Sale
9 Great Deals out of 3,036 listings starting at $31,995
2016 Ford Explorer Limited For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 821 listings starting at $24,416
2015 Ford Explorer Limited For Sale
282 listings starting at $21,887
2014 Ford Explorer Limited For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 439 listings starting at $17,000
2013 Ford Explorer Limited For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 340 listings starting at $14,499

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.