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2002 Kia Spectra Question: My door open light in dashboard comes on when doors are closed.

 

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bsoirez, 1.8L 4 Cylinder, Morganton, NC, September 19, 2013, 12:30
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When all the doors are closed my door open light in dashboard comes on and blinks and sometimes stays on and sometimes when I arrive home and close the doors the light stays on and I'm afraid my battery will go dead. I wouldn't mind taking the fuse out but possibly that fuse does other things on the dash too. Any fixes possible would be appreciated.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13978 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper September 20, 2013, 05:54
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    poss door switch is going bad.seek diag as not to waste money

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    bsoirez, September 20, 2013, 06:36
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    Thanks globalhelper for taking the time to helping me with my small problem.

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    September 20, 2013, 06:29
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    If this is a sedan, and the dome light is not staying on, you may have a lamp on inside the trunk compartment. The dash light should not by itself cause a battery drain but a light bulb will. Just to be safe, I would tell you to remove the trunk bulb because aside from doing a parasitic draw test with an ammeter, the only way to know if the light is turning off is to climb inside the trunk and shut the lid. It does sound like you may have a bad door switch, however I have seen some problems on these older Kias with door striker adjustments. The door switch is inside the latch on these and requires replacement of the latch assembly. Try this: from outside the car, try to keep your eye on the door ajar lamp and push each door closed. If the light goes out, the door may need to be adjusted. If nothing changes, the most likely cause is one of the switches. Most likely the driver door. Good luck

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    bsoirez, September 20, 2013, 06:37
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    Thanks rojo1 for taking the time to helping me with my small problem.

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    Rojo1, September 22, 2013, 09:13
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    you're welcome. did you find the cause?

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    Rojo1, September 22, 2013, 09:29
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    you're welcome. did you find the cause?

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    bsoirez, September 22, 2013, 14:48
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    I'm not certain if I have found the cause but before what you and another person said to do I applied some WD-40 on all the switches of the 4 doors. It has seemed to help so possibly some water had gotten inside and shorted. I'll, of course, keep monitoring if that alone has solved the problem.

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    Rojo1, September 22, 2013, 15:56
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    excellent! though you are not certain, I am. what you have is at least one sticky latch. and/or switch. Just dirty not shorted. So good job! just wash them out and lubricate occasionally. You need not worry about a short. Have a great day!

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    Rojo1, September 22, 2013, 15:57
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    excellent! though you are not certain, I am. what you have is at least one sticky latch. and/or switch. Just dirty not shorted. So good job! just wash them out and lubricate occasionally. You need not worry about a short. Have a great day!

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