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Exclamation Help...I think I have a short I can't locate....

Ok... So I installed my gauges, and while doing so I found my not-working remote start assembly. (Behind the light switch, where I was tapping into the wires for the gauges.)

A couple days later, I am driving to work like normal, and the "open door" light/chime go off.... I had my radio on, and the roads are REALLY bad this time of year, so I didn't think much of it, just figured a door was jarred from the road... no biggie.

Well, it has since happened more and more frequently... and I was driving yesterday w/o the radio and noticed there is an electrical "short" sound at the same time... my first thought was it must be the connections I used for the gauges... I stopped, pulled out the light switch, and checked them... nothing. Drove for a while with the swich pulled out, and figured out the "short" sound is actually coming from behind the fuse pannel.... under the steering wheel.

Keep in mind, I have NO blown fuses, and the truck works fine, there is no operational problems that I can find... gauges work fine....the only symptoms is the truck thinks the door is open... (Open door light, chime, and dome lights flash on) and there is a buzzing "short" sound.

I would apreciate any help.... I really don't want to have a bad short...and would apreciate the truck not catching on fire, if you catch my drift.

Sorry for the novel...
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I don't have any help for you. I just want to say be sure not to park in your garage until you get this figured out. A friend of mines turbo Cummins diesel just burnt his house to the ground from an electrical short inside the cab.

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I don't have any help for you. I just want to say be sure not to park in your garage until you get this figured out. A friend of mines turbo Cummins diesel just burnt his house to the ground from an electrical short inside the cab.
I'm not sure..but I think I may have figured it out...

I went a good distance yesterday, and didnt hear one short and not one "open door" chime/light.

I found a plastic cover on a wire junction (The one on the brake petal) had come off and wouldn't snap down. So I zip-tied it down....and havent heard an issue since. I have only driven it once since, about 80-90 miles.... so we'll see.... but hopefully it doesn't have any more problems.

Thanks for the heads up. (I'm moving it into the livingroom now)
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maybe your door chime module is arching.
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maybe your door chime module is arching.
Where is it?
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open the door with the key in or lights on and follow the sound. it should be under the dash about the middle.
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Aaaand..... It's Back.

Started up yesterday, and did it again today, quite a few times. This is really bugginh me, and I really don't need a fire, wtf.
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My 2000 e350 did the same. It ended up being the rear door light switch was worn out along with a slight indendation on the door frame. Replaced switched but it still did it, just not as often. I placed gaffers tape (better than duct tape) on the door itself and has worked for over 4 years.
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