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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
108,833 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. lubricate the door latches with a few drops of oil (1 reports)
  3. lubricated door latches after cleaning w/brake cleaner (1 reports)
  4. replace dome light actuator (1 reports)
1998 Ford F-150 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Mar 302015

F-150 XL 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


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door ajar and dome lights will not turn off

dome,chime,wipers not working

This is a simple fatigue break from door use. Due to the manufacturer install with stress on wire leading to the flex point allowed wire to recive excessive strain to break the copper wire inside wire insulation. This makes for hard location of problem due to it not being viewable.

- , Ocala, FL, USA

problem #5

Jan 012009

F-150 XLT 4.9L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I've used silicone and WD40 on the door's switches with limited success and usually notice the problem in cold and damp weather actually starting a few years ago. I hear the relay under the driver's side when it finally decides to shut off. I'd suggest having the relay replaced but I'm too lazy to take it in to be fixed.

- , Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052009

F-150 XL 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

This has been a repetitive problem with this truck. The door ajar light and the dome light remain on for extended amount of time draining the battery and creating an annoying problem driving at night w/ the dome light on. Obviously a bad engineering job on the switch.

- , Belton, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 052004

F-150 XL 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


I had a problem with the interior dome light and the "door ajar" light staying on; the fix was to lubricate the door latches with just a few drops of regular oil.

- , New York Mills, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 302007

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

this was a real annoying thing, and several ford garages could not figure out something as simple as this.

- , Belfast, ME, USA

problem #1

Jul 012005

(reported on)

F-150 XLT

  • 120,000 miles

The door ajar light stays on, sometimes, which I can live with. The dome light and door lights stay on all the time, and stay on for about an hour after the engine is turned off. It has drained the battery more than once. The last time it happened was right after a car wash, but before that was intermittent.

- , Roseville, CA, USA

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