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DOOR LOCK PROBLEM IN MY FORD EXPLORER EDE 1998

WHEN I PUT KEY IN THE LOCK, IT DOES NOT TURN EITHER LEFT OR RIGHT. I MOVE THE DOOR HANDLE UP AND DOWN AND TURN THE KEY THEN I AM ABLE TO OPEN THE DOOR. IT IS QUITE FRUSTATING. SOMETIMES TAKES A FEW MINUTES TO OPEN THE DOOR. THE DOOR HANDLE IS ALSO LOSE, SEEMS LIKE BROKEN. ..WHAT SHOULD I DO..WOULD IT COST ME A LOT OF MONEY IF I GO TO FORD DEALER? PLEASE GIVE ME AN ESTIMATE. THANKS.

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  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    Driver's door will not open with key

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If you are having a problem like this on your Explorer, go to the mechanic before it completely breaks! I didn't and they couldn't get my door open in order to remove panel. They had to remove the driver's seat (working from the backseat!), and it was rather labor intensive! The latch assembly was only $58, but labor ended up $220 because of all the acrobatics required to remove the seat. DON"T WAIT UNTIL IT BREAKS!! This job should have been about $150 at the very highest if the door opened, instead I paid over $275! I suspect it would only be about $40 if you can work on your own car.

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What I would do first is go to a recking yard and ask for a handle for the door and then replace it the is going to be the cheapest way, If the handle is loose it may not be broken you may need to take the door apart and just Titan the handle and it could be fine but I would check in the door fist to see what had to be done, If you have to replace the handle you are going to take the door apart any way so it may just need a little love and care.
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It sounds as though you have a linkage problem inside your door. These are basically rods that move gears. When you turn your key, it moves a rod that actuates a mechanism that opens your door.

You don't have to go to a dealer, as a independent shop can repair your problem.

As for an estimate, its not possible since I don't know where you live so I can't say what the hourly rate is for your area.

Traditionally, door work is not terribly expensive.
Finally, since we don't know exactly what is wrong, its difficult to determine how much it will cost.

Your best bet is to go to an independent shop and ask for an estimate. Again, traditionally, there is no charge for an estimate if the shop does the repair.

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If you would like to contact me again about this or other problems, feel free to do so.
Bill
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Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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