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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I don't know so maybe you do???

Ok two problems,
First: I think this problem started after I installed a chip. My door ajar light stays on all the time while the car is on. Don't know if I may have discontected a wire while I was putting the puter back in or if it is a bad sensor?
Second: I have ground effect kit that has fog lights on them. The fog lights keep blowing fuses, however if I put a fuse in while the switch is in the "ON" position they will stay on, at least till I turn them off, then the fuse blows. Also when I leave the switch in the "OFF" position while the car is not running and I go to start it like a week later the battery is dead. However if I leave the switch in the "ON" position with no fuse in it, it will not drain the battery.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 04:10 PM
 
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First, the door ajar light could be caused by the little black puch button on the door frame. They tend to wear out once in a while. I do believe they are pretty cheap and easy to replace. That would probably be your first place to look into. As for the fog lights, check the wires and look for anyplace the wire may be cut or even slightly damged. If there is just a small cut in the wires, it could be touching something metacllic and grounding it out. That would definately cause your battery to be draining. I've had this happen to me on several occasions with other wires. Maybe someone else could chime in about good places to check the wires. The first place I would look would be right around the lights and then where ever they enter into the car, ie through the firewall, door jam, etc.
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The door ajar thing is common on the Mark VIII. Cheap and easy to solve http://www.markviii.org/psjs_faqs/09...shtml#09297395

Probably fix yours too.
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Umm, on mine (97 LX, keyless entry, no factory anti-theft) the door ajar light is controlled by a switch in the door latch, NOT the pin switch in the door frame. That one is for the courtesy lights.
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Midnight, have your fog lights ever worked? I was thinking, it's definitely a short, but unless it's wired in some really goofy way, it should be shorting when they are turned on, not off. Maybe they are hooked up backwards and are shorting when they are turned "off" (which would then really be "on"). But unless they were installed incorrectly, there must be another explanation.

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Midnight, it's more than likely at the switch. If the switch is lighted (and it most likely is) it has three wires on it. One is a 12v feed from the battery, one is the feed to the lights and the third is a ground for the light in the switch. If the switch is faulty, it could be shorting the 12v feed to ground when in the off position.

The other scenario (and probably more likely) would be that it's simply wired wrong. If you swapped the 12v input and the feed to the lights on the switch, then it would still work fine when the switch was on, but could very well be shorting the normal feed to ground when it's off. To remedy this, figure out which wire on the switch is ground (*should* be black) and switch the other two wires. Worst you'll do is blow a fuse.

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I agree with Hotbird. My door ajar light is on constantly. I have the latch part to fix, but need a warm, dry area to do it in. My driveway is cold and snowy right now. I already have replaced the door jamb button.

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I used to have the door ajar problem as well. Spray some WD40 in the latch and it will go away. That is what was recommended to me by other members and it worked great.

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.....Spray some WD40 in the latch and it will go away. ....
That's what the link leads to I posted above....
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That's what the link leads to I posted above....
Wups.. sorry.. I guess I missed your post... oh well...

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