1999 Forester. Have checked all the doors but the "door open" light will not go out. Any suggestions as to how to troubleshoot?
Did you check the switch on the light itself? I know, it sounds like a no-brainer, but it is possible to gloss over that possibility...rebel said:
^^^ Agree. I would first check to make sure the switch wasn't accidentally switched to on before checking the door sensor as jmacmaster suggested.pleiad7 said:Did you check the switch on the light itself? I know, it sounds like a no-brainer, but it is possible to gloss over that possibility...
I have had my '99 Forester-L for a couple days now. I noticed the driver door is harder to close and the door ajar light does not go out all the time. After a few times opening and closing, it goes out.My 99L has done that a couple times. I found that if I open the rear hatch and close it hard the light goes out.
I first thought it was the rear door.. Lame.. I found it was the ignition just by accident as I turn the key to on then off then on then off and the door ajar light went out. So I used a large amount of graphite in the ignition key slot with the key in and out and it went out most of the time. Well the problem came back so I used a little bit of oil (probably better off with sewing machine oil or transmission fluid) and the light behaves.
The problem is that your iginition key needs some lubrication. It really worked. Try graphite at first.That's a notorious problem on Ford Ranger pickups, which I have one of. On the Rangers its because the mechanism that's INSIDE the edge of the door (the edge that opens) and that makes contact with something on the door post when you close the door, is stuck. On the Ranger its a pin in a cylinder and the pin goes in and out as the door's opened and closed. The standard fix for the Ranger is to spray silicone spray in that opening in the edge of the door -- the opening that has the cylinder inside of the opening. Then open and close the door a few times, slamming it slightly. If the door open light on the dash stays on, repeat the spraying and door closing process. So try that first. If that doesn't work you might have to take off the panel on the inside of the door and replace the stuck mechanism, assuming of course that a stuck mechanism is the cause of the problem.