2008 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems: interior lights come on and off

Interior Lights Come On And Off

2008 Ford Explorer

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Ford dealer.

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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
42,253 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. ignition switch replacement (2 reports)
  2. spray the latches with wd-40 (1 reports)
2008 Ford Explorer accessories - interior problems

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2008 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012012

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The dealership claimed on several occasions that the ignition switch was not the issue. They tried to "fix" the problem twice. I kept telling them the ignition switch was the issue. They claimed I had too many keys on my key ring and that was causing the issue. I have the car key and key fob on the ring. That obviously is not the issue. The problem was fixed in 2012. It is now 2/2014 and the exact same problem has occurred with the new ignition switch.

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 122009

Explorer Eddie Bauer V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

Well the date issued is probably not accurate but this is how this went...

While driving the car the interior lights would go on and off. This occurred and would clear up if you shut the car down. The dealer could not find this issue when in the shop. After a time it happened every time the brakes were applied however the dealer could not find or fix the issue. Finally the problem occurred when my wife could get to the dealer and they saw it happen, again after they had the car in the shop it stopped and they did not find the issue.

On a Sunday when the dealer was closed, my wife had the car and the problem started again and, after climbing in the window so not to clear the problem I finally found out that the ignition switch was the issue. If you start the car and move the key slightly, the interior lights go on.

Hope this helps good luck.

- , Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 012010

Explorer XLT 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,758 miles

I had the same issue as a lot of people here. The interior lights would come on while driving at random times. It got steadily worse over the period of a few weeks. I contacted the dealership who said "yes we have seen this before. you need to replace your interior light switch and it will cost you $214.00 CDN". Before dumping the cash I did a search and found the problem can be solved for 20 cents worth of spray lube. The dealership in question is Merlin Ford Lincoln Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Never had a problem with them before (they were always a little expensive) but now I wonder if I needed all the service I had paid for in the past.

- , Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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