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1998 Ford Explorer Door Lock

Hey guys , i got one that i think i know whats wrong but i want to check with others to see, ok so here it is my lock switch on the drivers side only unlocks the doors it does not lock but all the other lock switches in the car fully work so im thinkin maybe its the driver side door lock switch

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  • witchyfrogdb Jan 14, 2009

    I have the same problem.  First, I had problems with the door opening with the handle, then the handle broke off so I had it repaired. The inside components were replaced again (once - before the handle broke) and the handle itself. Everything worked fine for a while, but about 3 months ago the driver side door lock quit working. Except on rare occasions! What's up with this?

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    ok...but how do you get the door open if the door lock is engaged and the door won't open???

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    Is that an inch below the connector at the bottom of the actuator, or from the top of the actuator?

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Hey guys , i got one that i think i know whats wrong but i want to check with others to see, ok so here it is my lock switch on the drivers side only unlocks the doors it does not lock but all the other lock switches in the car fully work so im thinkin maybe its the driver side door lock switch.


This is a common problem with this model. If you access the wires in the boot between the door you will find a broken wire about an inch from the connector. Hope this helps!!

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It is the power door lock actuator.

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Its possible taht you have any linkage problem there; first check the FUSE, use this Ford-Explorer Owners Manual to know the specific location.

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Front door latch-Explorer


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Rear door latch-Explorer

  1. Remove the door trim panel and watershield.
  2. Disconnect the rods from the handle and lock cylinder, and from the remote control assembly.
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Door Lock Cylinder
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  3. Disconnect the actuating rod from the lock control link clip.
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  7. Lubricate the cylinder with suitable oil recommended for this application.

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A great handyman site that specifies the above probable causes and more is the following link:
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