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Electrical Ding

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    DrunkinMist FEOA Member

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    Need some help. The car door chime keeps going off. I have the key out and lights off but when the door is open it just keeps going. I can pull the fuse but it still dark in morning and after work. Any ideas where to start?
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    I can come up with two guesses. One is that the little white switch on the ignition switch assembly is stuck in the position of the key being in the lock. I just cut one of the wires from the switch to the main electrical part of the switch, and the chime when-door-open-and-key-in-ignition stops, but it will still chime if I shut the car off but leave the lights on.
    The other guess is that the chime module has gone bad. It is located pretty much above the driver's left toe. I dont like to pull it out, or to 'kill' the chime transducer, because I like it to chime if I leave the lights on, and it does other things - like turning on the tiny light that helps you find the ignition key slot in the dark.
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    Personaly have gotten many many more years out of mine just by maintaining a fresh key and insuring that I turn the ignition *all* the way back before removing the key. The lock cylinder seems to be more sensitive in the last couple and haven't bothered replacing the key. So when I remove the key and open the door, I'll press the protruding lock cylinder in and the beeping stops. Used to ignore the beep until, as pointed out by Denisond, I inadvertently drained the battery a couple of times; leaving the lights on.
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    i am pretty sure I have seen a write up some where on what to cut.
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    Two other things if you could. The driver window is hell to roll up. I tried to grease the track but no matter what it catches on the back side. Is there a guide or track to replace? other thing is the trunk release, i have pulled the lever out due to it not pulling up. I checked the lever and it works fine but when reinstalled won't pull up.
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    Don't have a trunk release, but do have a hood, and had to lubricate the latch assembly before. Can have an assistant operate the cable and verify end-to-end movement. The housing should be secured and not move along with the cable.

    As for the window, someone probably damaged the assembly trying to force it down. Thieves see window cranks and assume they can force it down. When it won't go down, they'll literally hang all their weight on your window. That of course can bend-up the internals. You'll have to take the door panel off and investigate to figure out what's screwed-up in there. Silicon spray will lubricate around the parameter of the window.

    Even on a hot day, don't leave your windows cracked open. Not because they'll get in, but because they'll damage shtuff trying.
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    I heartily recommend taking the latch mechanisms out - of the trunk, the doors, and cleaning off the old grease and putting in new. Its time consuming, but often makes the doors work like they did 20 odd years ago. I also oil the hinges on my Escorts, and the locks and igniton key-lock. I put a drop of oil onto the key, and put it into the lock for 5 minutes, and repeat.
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    So i did pull the panel for the door. The mech looked ok. Nothing bent. the window hangs up the last quarter to the top. It will lean back like the front out moves the back and jams the window. If u pull the glass forward it releases and then. U have to inch it to the top.
    As for the cable i did verify that it is free moving just when u put back in its housing it wont pull.
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    Is it possible the frame around the window is slightly bent? Folk sometimes use the window frame to slam the door shut - and it can get bent.

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