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Door AJAR Switch Replacement on 2002XLT

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by borland, July 12, 2009.

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  1. markpmc

    markpmc New Member

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    Bummer. I replaced the drivers side sensor this afternoon. Problem is not resolved. Moving on to the other 3 sensors, then possibly the hatch sensors.

    So I have a USED (115,000 MI) driver door sensor for a forum member sitting on my work bench.

    Mark
     
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  3. RacerX

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    Same here - though I did discover that it's easier to get to the front door-ajar switches in my '03 by simply removing that lower rear window track (2 Torx bolts through the rear of the door, just like the latch).

    The hunt for this electrical gremlin continues.
     
  4. BigRondo

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    Have you guys looked for broken/damaged wires in the boot?

    I had similar electrical issues with my 02 xlt. The dome lights would stay on until the battery saver feature turned them off, the accessory delay wasn't working, the driver side puddle light didn't work, the keypad on the door would set off the alarm when I pressed it, the door ajar light would flash and beep at highway speeds, the radio would shut off as soon as I turned the key off, the delayed accessories didn't work, etc. Most recently all 4 windows stopped working.

    A lot of electrical issues can be traced back to broken/damaged wire(s) in the boot between the body and the driver's door. I found 2 broken wires and repaired them. The thin black ground wire was broken and after repairing it all was back to normal. When the windows stopped working, I repaired the thick black ground wire and the windows now work like a champ.

    Here is the thread for removing the door panel: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=303524

    Here is a great thread for checking for broken/damaged wires, thanks to synyster for this awesome write-up: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=270081

    Be sure to take your time when looking for broken/damaged wire(s). Check all the wires for breaks/damage. When you think you're done looking, look again, and again, and again. A bright flashlight can be very helpful.

    Hope this helps out! :biggthump
     
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    Great post, Borland.
    I have been very annoyed with this door ajar alarm going off at anytime, my neighbors started to get upset with this alarm in the middle of the morning. Tried several times WD40 but did not work out in my end. Finally yesterday i took the car to a shop they run a diagnostic of all inside instruments finding that the door jamb switch was not working properly. Got it from the Ford dealer and replaced and everyone had a nice sleep last night.
    Thank you again for this great post in the ford explorer ajar door false alarm.
     
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    Thanks for you post and pictures

    I just completed replacing my door ajar switch. Thanks for the post and pictures. I have a 2003 Explorer XLT. I tried the WD40 thing, but it only worked for a month. My wife drives the truck, and she has been driving the "Disco" truck for a couple of days. Lights and beeps all the way to work. It took me under an hour to complete. Thanks again.
     
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    Excellent write up borland:thumbsup:.Thanks.Was pretty easy out side those yellow clips.Took several mins to figure em out;)
     
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    The front passenger side door ajar switch on my 02 Explorer quit working. Tried the WD40 trick but that didn't work. Checked with NAPA auto parts and that switch is no longer available. They are still able to order the switch for the driver's side. Checked with my local Ford dealership and they have the front passenger door ajar switch in stock but they want $102.00 for it... no way I'm paying that much! So I cut the wires to the ajar switch, twisted them together, taped it up and that problem has now been solved, thank you very much!!!
     
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    I like your solution. Wish I'd thought of it. FWIW, if you want to, you can swap the rear passenger with the front....they are the same.
     
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    The Door Ajar lamp is a safety feature, that warns of a door latch which is not fully engaged. Not a good idea to disable the warning feature.

    The dealer must have looked up the wrong part when they gave you a quote. Door ajar switch is much lower in price. Here's a screen capture of from one of the Ford Dealers that sell parts online.

    [​IMG]
     
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    GREAT WRITE UP,
    I wonder if any one explain, where the door switch installed at lift gate as well as rear glass panel door ??
    Regards
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    I agree what a great post by borland. That's a Marine for ya. I am going to add a few things since I just finished this exercise WITHOUT seeing the borland post. Gezzz. Would have been much easier had I seen it.
    Anyway..... consider these few ideas.
    1. The Ajar switch is held in my a "tab". Twisting it CW might just damage the tab. I chose to pull the whole latch assembly out to get at the tab. Putting a very small flat bade under it allows easy turning of the switch CW about 90deg. Then it pulls right out. Note the tab actually has "tab" labeled on it.

    2. All this use of WD40 worries me. WD40 is not a lubricant. It is a water displacement agent that works great on loosening rust. It attacks the grease used to lub the switch internals. It turns it gummy and sticky. That's why it only works for a month (as mentioned above). A better solution is contact cleaner. With the switch out note how slowly the ball end of the switch moves in and out. (mime was over 10sec to fully deploy). After pushing the ball in add some contact cleaner and work the ball in and out till it flies in and out fast.

    3. There are yellow plastic retaining clips that hold the rods in (per borland) note some of these clip at 90deg to the rod end but the one the holds the rod from the outside door handle works differently. Find the narrow end of the clip. That is the side to unfasten. If necessary look at it with a mirror from the back you see the narrow end has a flange. Fling it toward you (drivers side door works this way).

    4. I am very disappointed in Ford. Not just for this very unreliable part but many unreliable parts on this 2003 Explorer. I am saddened by this. The plastic intake manifold is a complete disaster on this vehicle. I've seen plastic used reliable on intakes. This one is not one of them.

    I may post pics of the switch after a bit.
     
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    Here is how it is done. See where your yellow arrow tip is? Just to the right of that is the tab you want to pull on. Reach in and put you thumb on the left (wide part) side of the part and pull back with you index finger on the right side of the part. (your right hand) If you feel the back side of the right side of the part you can feel the tip of the tab. Do note how many threads are shown on the rod that is held by the yellow clip so you can get it back right later.

    Also borland shows wiring (1 and 2) as the Door Ajar swithch and plug. I don't think it is. The plug for this is lower and to the left under the lock assembly.
     
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    Replaced the drivers' door switch today, not that difficult...but much easier with the pics in this thread. Thanks for posting.

    ...now if I can just figure out why both rear doors speakers don't work...
     
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    Just replaced the drivers door switch on my '04 and I still have the door ajar light on! ANyone got another idea?
     
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    Welcome aboard!! :salute:

    I had similar electrical issues with my '02 XLT. The dome lights would stay on until the battery saver feature turned them off, the accessory delay wasn't working, the driver side puddle light didn't work, the keypad on the door would set off the alarm when I pressed it, the door ajar light would flash and beep at highway speeds, the radio would shut off as soon as I turned the key off, the alarm would beep twice when I armed it. Recently all 4 windows stopped working. Most recently the driver door lock actuator stopped working.

    A lot of electrical issues can be traced back to broken/damaged wire(s) in the boot between the body and the driver's door. I found 3 broken wires and repaired them. The thin black ground wire was broken and after repairing it all was back to normal. When the windows stopped working, I repaired the thick black ground wire and the windows now work like a champ. I had to repair the pink/black wire to fix the driver door lock actuator.

    Here is the thread for removing the door panel: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=303524

    Here is a great thread for checking for broken/damaged wires, thanks to synyster for this awesome write-up: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=270081

    Be sure to take your time when looking for broken/damaged wire(s). Check all the wires for breaks/damage. When you think you're done looking, look again, and again, and again. A bright flashlight can be very helpful.

    Hope this helps out. :biggthump

    Please keep us posted as feedback helps others reading this post looking for a fix to the same or similar issue!
     
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    Never fear. Just do the passenger side too.
    Mine needed both replaced. I only found this by putting a
    switch in parallel with the normal switch. I did both doors this way.
    When the suspect switch in the lock mechanism acted up
    I simply flicked the switch and saw the dome light go out
    on the suspect door. THATS when I found out it was BOTH
    doors.
     
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    I hardly ever have anyone else in my Explorer. How would the passenger door switch effect the driver side?
     
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    Did you do any of the steps I outlined in my previous post?
     
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    I don't really know how to explain this. I'll try.
    Every door including the back hatch can make the ajar light come on.
    The way the switches fail is that they fail to "relax".
    When the door is closed the spring has to push out all the way
    and it fails to.

    Try this to isolate. With the ajar light on.
    Go to each door and slam it shut hard.
    The one that makes the ajar light go out is it.
    But again, there is no reason at all that more than one
    door could not be failing. Mine did and I too rarely have a passenger
    anymore.

    Good luck.
     
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    I have not looked into the possibility of broken wires yet.
    I am going to try cleaning and lubing all the other latches.
     

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