2004 Dodge Durango door ajar indicator

Tiny
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  • 2004 DODGE DURANGO
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 108,000 MILES
Indicator light won't go out and all doors are shut tight. Acts like door is open; linterior lights stay on, rings bell when moving.
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Sunday, February 1st, 2009 AT 11:04 PM

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Tiny
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Suspect faulty door ajar switch. Try spraying each door ajar switch, one at a time, with WD-40 or equivalent light oil. Work the oil in good and see if it helps. Don't forget rear latch. This is only temporary fix. Once you find the faulty switch, it will need replaced.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 12:59 AM
Tiny
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I'll give that a try, where is the door swith? Also would this account for me not being able to opperate my mirrors and the auto door locks?
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 8:53 AM
Tiny
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It is usually located in the door jambs. On some newer vehicles it's part of the latch and difficult to see because it's well hidden inside the door. Dealer should be able to pinpoint exact location if it isn't in door jamb.

Do the mirrors and auto locks work with a door open normally? Is it all door locks not working or just one side?
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 11:15 AM
Tiny
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Yes they normally worked when the door was open. The passanger side auto-button will work to unlock the doors, but will not lock them. I checked all the fuses inside the driverside panel (not marked at all on lid). Appeared to be ok. Tried wd-40 no luck. Window swith works fine. Also the auto settings for different drivers in un responsive.
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 1:51 PM
Tiny
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Things apear to be getting more wierd. I was sitiing in the drivers seat assesing the situation and I noticed I could turn the steering wheel with out the keys in the ignition.?
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Monday, February 2nd, 2009 AT 2:10 PM
Tiny
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Okay, well I believe once we solve the first issue that every thing else will be solved as well. I still believe the door ajar switch is the issue. Your model vehicle is equipped with the inner door switch. This is why the WD40 in the door jambs had no effect, because it didn't reach the switch. They are attached to the locking mechanism inside of the door panel. Your power locks and the memory accessories you speak of will not work correctly because the computer thinks one of the doors is open (test one that is used most first).

Let me know what happens with oil on the switches, I will follow up.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 AT 7:38 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help, I ended up taking it to the dealer, diagnosis and repair was done on 2 broken wires (including a ground) in the connection between the door and the main compartment area. The mechanic said this was not uncommon as the frequent opening and closing of door can cause this. Cost of repair was $315.00. Maybe this will get the economy going!
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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 AT 9:24 PM
Tiny
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Well I'm sorry we could not help you out better but we sure do appreciate you telling us the diagnosis. It really helps us to better assist others with the same issues.

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 AT 9:27 PM

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