Shut tailgate and door ajar and dome light stay on

Tiny
TIML
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My 1996 explorer has a problem with the tailgate. When I shut it the dome light and door ajar light stay on. At first I slammed it and sometimes it went out now it just stay;s on.
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Monday, February 20th, 2006 AT 6:43 PM

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Tiny
MADDISON
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Check to see if the glass part of the gate is closing properly.
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Monday, February 20th, 2006 AT 8:10 PM
Tiny
TIML
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The glass is shut, the doors are all shut. After about 30 minutes the lights will go off sometimes when I close the door again.
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Monday, February 20th, 2006 AT 8:42 PM
Tiny
PEPPERMRJ
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On my f-150 the little switches inside the door latch become gunked up. Try spraying the heck out of them with wd-40.

Good luck and let us know.
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Monday, February 20th, 2006 AT 8:46 PM
Tiny
TIML
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Thanks for the tip, that's the first thing I tried. Was spraying the switches. No luck
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 AT 9:40 AM
Tiny
BOMBER2782
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The 'prong' on the sensor may be bent, or damaged. Try pushing it down and securing it with tape or something, see if that works. If not, the contacts inside the switch may be bad. Try a slavage yard for a used one. Should cost under $5.
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 AT 5:27 PM
Tiny
MADDISON
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Sorry, didn't mean to sound silly but my wife had the same problem one night. Sometimes you can be lucky enough for a simple fix.
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006 AT 5:39 PM

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