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Third door will not open I opened the panels there is a cable that leads to the top of the door has a self locking clip on the end if you pull this cable with your hand the door will open do I need to replace the cable or the clip I would also like a diagram of how to fix it or at least a look at how it is suppossed to work

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  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    my truck has same problem and i think if you replace the clip it should be fine

  • gman1D Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem, a 1997 ford 4X4 F150 and the 3rd door won't open with either latch. Does anyone no the fix to this. I noticed other 1997 F150 with the same problem is this a issue for this model year?

  • sbrown4362 Mar 15, 2009

    Third door will not open

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    we have a 1998 ford f150 and it's 3rd door won't open

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I have the same problem with my f150 1999 model. can i get a diagram on how to take off the panels and how to fix the clip. thanks Richard

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