Interior Light Stays On


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
86,500 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. clean the mechanism inside the door (1 reports)
1997 Mercury Sable accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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1997 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012007

Sable GS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles


I acquired my 97 Sable in May of 2006 and ever since then I have this intermittent problem of the interior lights staying on and the driver's door lock popping back up and not locking when the door is clearly shut. The problem will come and go for a couple days at a time every few months or so. The only thing I do is spray the door jam and locks with a silicone spray. Sometimes this works, other times nothing helps. There have been times when the stupid light stayed on for probably an hour or more. I have also found that when the door won't lock I can lock it with the door open and then shut it and it will stay locked, but when I have the door shut and try to lock it it won't lock. This is just a very annoying electrical problem, but since it happens so infrequently, it is impossible for a mechanic to diagnose properly.

- kathrynk, Saint Louis, MO, US

problem #4

Mar 052004

(reported on)


  • 75,000 miles

this is a horrible car, i really suggest looking at other dealers...interior lights stay on/power windows break

- Lisa J., New Windsor, NY, US

problem #3

Sep 252007

Sable GS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,430 miles

I had the same problem with the interior light coming, and staying on. It is definitely annoying but it's really not a hard problem to fix. All you need to do is take out the screws on your door trim and carefully take off the covering. once inside you'll notice a few "motors" and what nots for your power locks and windows (if Equipped). you'll also notice that the Hinges for the door itself run into the inside of the door. All you need to do is spray a healthy amount of WD40 or your favorite De-rust or whatever onto the inner hinge and Viola. left it sit for a few minutes, half hour maybe, to get the lubrication into the hinge itself and there you have it. (I'm not promising This'll Work, but it did for me).

- carzilla, Akron, OH, US

problem #2

Aug 162007

(reported on)

Sable LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

in warm weather the door ajar light and dome light remain on even when all doors are closed - see Sherri K complaint (1998 Sable) - mine is exactly the same and no mechanic has ever found the problem or suggested a fix - I was reduced to removing the fuse (last on to left big orange thing) to keep battery from draining and lost it. So put a new one in and problem disappeared for about a year - now hot weather again so back to same old problem!!!

- Fran B., East Longmeadow, MA, US

problem #1

Nov 182006

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

This happened a year ago and then seemed to correct itself in a few minutes. Now it has happened again. The interior light has now been on for an hour. This is going to mean a dead battery for me everyday.

- brantley, Kingston, TN, US

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