Where are the switches for rear hatch located that turn on OPEN DOOR light?

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Where are the switches for rear hatch located that turn on OPEN DOOR light?

Post by fasontales » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:54 pm

I just looked all over the rear hatch and can’t find where any switch is located that would flip the light on the dash. Is it contact on the latch itself?

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Re: Where are the switches for rear hatch located that turn on OPEN DOOR light?

Post by ARCHINSTL » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:26 pm

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Re: Where are the switches for rear hatch located that turn on OPEN DOOR light?

Post by Petros » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:32 pm

it is in the latch assembly at the lower threshold. it is a little lever with a hole in it just left of the lower latch (the hole once held a little rubber bumper, I have only seen one still in place).
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Re: Where are the switches for rear hatch located that turn on OPEN DOOR light?

Post by rer233 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:39 pm

Think you'll find the switch is part of the tailgate-mounted latch ass'y (at least that's where it is on my '85 T4- just checked it tonight.) You probably have a broken wire/wires where the harnesses pass from the body to the tailgate.
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