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STRATUS - DOOR AJAR INDICATOR - CAR POSSESSED!

1999 Dodge Ram

I have a 1999 Dodge Stratus with approximately 130,000 miles on it.

The other day, I noticed the interior light was on, even though the car was closed up and locked. I got in, shut the door, and the light remained on. When I started the car and put it in gear, I realized why: the " door" indicator flashed on my dash. I opened the door and shut it again, but the light didn't go away.

I made sure every door was shut tightly and then started driving. As I drove, it kept shutting the " door" light on and off, as if the door was shut and then not shut, shut and then not shut. It was quite irritating, as it makes that " ding!&Quot; to warn you every time.

Then the locks went crazy. The Stratus is programmed to lock the doors when you shift into second gear. As it couldn't decide if my door was open or shut, it continued to lock and then unlock the doors every two seconds. Between the constant dinging and the locks going crazy, my car felt possessed. (The locks themselves never popped up; rather, I just heard them locking into place.)

I noticed that the interior light will stay on if I lightly press against the door and then pops off if I let off. Slight bumps in the road must be causing the freak-out. I tried resting my leg against the door while driving today, but the car remains " possessed".

This started when I got to work the other day and tried to hit the auto-lock button while my keys were in the ignition. It wouldn't let me lock the doors, and I thought, " What a good safety feature!&Quot; Now I'm wondering if I messed something up.

I've checked the hinges, door latch, etc, but nothing seems amiss from what I can tell.

Please help!
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Saltatoria
January 2, 2007.



Open the door and press in the black button on the frame. If you press that in all the way does the interior light shut off?
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Tiny
Stratus98
Jan 2, 2007.
Good call! : )

It doesn't do anything when the door is actually open, but as soon as I touch it, the light comes on. Sometimes, I don't even have to push. Just a slight touch or a slight wiggle that barely moves it activates it and makes it think the door is open. When I push it in all the way, it shuts the light off about 20% of the time.

I have a feeling that may be my problem. Is that a sensor issue? Do you have any idea how much it might cost to fix it?

Tiny
Saltatoria
Jan 2, 2007.
I would replace that black " button" and go from there.

Tiny
Stratus98
Jan 3, 2007.

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