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6.6

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$2.00
Average Mileage:
101,151 miles
Total Complaints:
14 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. replace the door switch and hope for the best! (2 reports)
  3. spray both door mechanisms with wd 40 (2 reports)
  4. disconnect door switch (1 reports)
1998 Ford Ranger accessories - interior problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #14

Nov 152009

Ranger XLT 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 145,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

If this "door ajar" problem is so widespread, why doesn't Ford step up to the plate and tell everyone what the fix is?

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #13

Mar 122011

Ranger XLT 3.0L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 74,000 miles

So i just bought this 98 ford ranger. its a great truck and it only had 73000 miles on it other than a check engine light code p0401 and 2 dry rotted tires its in great shape. But this annoying door ajar interior light staying on is going to drive me crazy. I see others have had this problem and that replacing the door switch is a quick and easy fix that doesn't last long. But has anyone found a reason the causes the switch to go bad and how to fix it so that I don't have to stock up on door switches?

- , Folsom, NJ, USA

problem #12

Aug 012007

Ranger XLT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

There is a simple fix but it is a pain really. What the problem is, is the door switch. The main thing is it is located inside the door and on the door latch.

In order to fix the problem you have to pull the door panel off of the problem side and inside of the door you will see some wire running to the door latch area. Just unhook them and it will make the problem go away..

- , Covington, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 172008

Ranger LX

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Its pretty annoying to always have the thing beeping at me and my dome light being on. It happened on my passenger door, and I have concluded that the sensor must be bad. Whenever the door is opened and closed the door ajar light stays on and the dome light stays on.

SOLUTION: its not really worth it to fix so I shut the door tight and keep it locked at all times. I barely have passengers since it's a small, dinky ranger. When the dome light kept staying on I took the cover off it and now I only keep one of the two bulbs in it so when the light stays on, I put a glove on and take the one bulb out temporarily. It doesn't bother me so much anymore.

- , Mequon, WI, USA

problem #10

Jan 062009

Ranger 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

Crazy door ajar light comes on while driving and the buzzer and dome light stay on. Drains the battery while sitting.

- , Murphy, NC, USA

problem #9

Jan 012000

Ranger XL 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 192,000 miles

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door ajar & interior lights on

WHEN THE PASSeNGER DOOR IS CLOSED, THE INTERIOR LIGHT STAYS ON. THE "DOOR AJAR' LIGHT IS ON AS WELL. THEN, THE BUZZER SOUNDS AND THE LIGHT WILL TURN OFF. (INTERIOR LIGHT TURNS OFF AS WELL) I BELIEVE THE SWITCH FOR THE DOOR AJAR LIGHT IS BAD OR OUT OF ADJUSTMENT. I WILL EVENTUALLY FIX THE PROBLEM BY REPLACING THE SWITCH ITSELF AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

Update from Dec 25, 2010: The next solution I have is to replace the relay. I believe it is behind the glove box. I purchased a new one for the local autoparts store for about $13 bucks. Next week I'll replace it (with luck I won't set off the airbag) and let everyone know if that cured the problem. Wish me luck!

- , Kent, WA, USA

problem #8

Mar 012008

Ranger LTD 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 1998 Ford Ranger 3.0 with 193000 miles. Ive had to fix this problem 3 times before. This problem for you other guys will get worse i promise. It starts by staying on just a few min then it will go off but then it comes on and stays on all the time. Fuse works to much to pull it out to drive at night so i had to pull the bulbs out so i could drive at night. This is BULL that now i have to have them replaced for a 4th time.

- , South Boston, VA, USA

problem #7

Feb 282002

Ranger 4.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Had part in door replaced but the same problem happened again. Bad design on Ford's part.

- , Windham, ME, USA

problem #6

Dec 192007

Ranger XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

The dome light wasn't much of a problem, but I have a Car Alarm and every time it would set off the alarm, usually about 3:00am, and it would drive me crazy. I used to sleep with my car keys, otherwise it would wake up the neighborhood.

- , Crookston, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 292007

(reported on)

Ranger XLT 4L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Just an annoyance during the day. Interior light would not go off at night, a real problem.

Problem started as intermittent then became constant.

- , Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #4

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Ranger 3.2LV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,120 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

not so bad during the day but sure annoying at night. so far it usually goes off after five minutes or so.

- , Lawton, OK, USA

problem #3

Dec 142006

(reported on)

Ranger ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

This has been going on for several years. Door ajar is on almost all the time and now, I couldn't get the light to turn off at all. As a temporary measure I pulled the fuse so that it didn't drain the battery overnight.

- , Rio Rancho, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 192002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • 56,000 miles

Dome light intermitantely stays on, and this causes the door ajar light on dash to stay on. Can't find a sensor on door, could this be a computer problem? Also the brake light sometimes does not come on, when the parking brake is set. Related?

- , Panama City, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 042002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • 24,000 miles

door ajar & interior lights come on and stay on for hours.

- , Salem, MA, USA

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