rear hatch door

Asked by Apr 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM about the 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

door doesn't close tight. "door ajar" light and dome lights will not go off. I had to remove dome light bulbs. Is there an adjustment to the door ? Drivers side of rear door seems to be tight but passenger side of rear door is loose. It also rattles and makes the auto door locks not work.

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Try taking some WD 40 or other spray lubricant and spray the door latches on the door. The swithc or sensor is in the latches. I have had similar problems with mine. Once you spray them, open and close a couple of times and respray if need be. Hopefully this will help.

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Mine did the exact same thing. Best way is two replace the latch, either new or from a scrap yard. but the quick fix is simply to unplug the sensor. this will stop your lights and give you the locks back. its a few screws and plastic plugs to get the door skin off, then follow the wires to the inside of the latch, then unplug it from the latch.

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