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Door ding even with key removed

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Heuster, June 18, 2007.

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    1. Heuster

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      Okay,

      I think this one is going to be a beast, but tell me what you think. I've had several people look at this and no one wanted to tackle it...so I'll tackle it in the forum.

      Your basic door ding...**ding, ding, ding...** "You left your key in the ignition and the driver door is open"...or "You left you lights on and the driver door is open"

      My basic door ding...**ding, ding, ding...** "The driver door is open, your lights aren't on and your key is not in the ignition."

      Retarded.

      Normally, your car will ding with the door open when your lights are on or the key is in the ignition...but my car does it under ALL circumstances. It is REALLY annoying now...and my wife is startingt to hate it, which means that she hates me, which means that I hate the car, which means...well, you know where I'm at. Is something stuck? Do I need a new "key assembly"? Is it something in the steering column haxored up? I have looked through for blown fuses, but it wouldn't ding at all if a fuse was blown I don't think.

      Any thoughts or ideas on figuring this one out?
       
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      i have a 98 mounty with similar problem... it never used to do it... before when i'd turn it off and take the key out the radio instantly shut off and the dinger stopped dinging as soon as i removed the key when the door was open. but all of a sudden it decided that when i pull the key out it's gona ding at me and leave the radio on for a few seconds... hasnt bothered me much but has confused me
       
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      Mine does it, but it's because my switch is worn. If I turn it clockwise a bit after removing the key, it stops.
       
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      Just find the dingner and unplug it.... lol
       
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      No way man!!! That's a copout :)
       
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      if you take your steering column shrouds off you will see a blue wire that enters the key switch assembly itself

      this sucker is the dinger for leaving the key in the ignition. What it does is ground the wire when the key is inserted thus shutting off the alarm.

      The wire comes loose and will never ground out, so the sucker will ding when ever the door is open, key or no key.

      I fixed mine with a small zip tie to keep it firmly in place.
      Took all of 15 minutes to do and fixed it 100%

      Give that a shot
       
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      Very good Jamie, a parts failure like that would have been my second guess, but probably better. I'd have looked at the GEM module, but a loose wire is more likely.
       
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      anybody have an explanation for this?
       
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      And where/what is the GEM module?
       
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      Most of the electrical "brains" of the car, not the drivetrain, are in the Generic Electronics Module.

      It is located along the left side of the large radio pocket. Pull out the radio, and the GEM module is inside on the left, with three or four electrical connectors on it. It is fairly solid state reliable, that should be the last thought.
       
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      410Fortune wins the prize!!

      Thanks fortune! Your fix solved the problem on my 1998 Explorer Sport. I'll post picture of the process when I get the chance.

      Very quick, easy and 100% fixed.
       
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      1999 Explorer. Dinging when door open and no key. Turned out to be blue connector on bottom if ignition switch not secured in place. Fixed by putting piece of sponge in the bottom shrowd to hold connector in place. Appears to be working fine
       
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      Ditto, mine got knocked off long ago. I think there is a little plastic piece of it broken off, it falls down just enough most of the time to make the chime go off. I'll put a dab of RTV on it soon to secure it.
       
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      Mine started doing it recently, key out door chiming away, removed the blue connector from the switch and tucked it own where it cant contact anything, all quiet now..! Thanks for the info
       
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      I placed a dab of RTV over that key cylinder wire connector(blue), and it held it in place. It hasn't made any wrong noises since, so it was a broken tab of the connector letting it come out. Easy fix.
       
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      Removed the wiere on mine a long time ago, it dings when i leave the lights on but wont ding if i leave teh key in. I called it the black wire mud but i guess im a little color blind lol
       
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      I have been wondering about that with my 98 Sport... Now I know! Fan fricken tastic! LOL! Excellent tip with the zip tie by the way!
       
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      Hi,

      I think I have the same problem. The door dings all the time, even whem I'm driving. With the key in the ignition or out, to complete the problem the door locks are like crazy going up and down and the buzzing sound. This is making me crazy. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?
       
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      Great Info!
       

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