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Drivers door lincoln continental seems to have closing mechanism

Frozen open so door does not latch shut ,temperature way below freezing.have tried wd40 .do I have to remove the door panel? if so what is simplest way?       thanks  john l

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  • shadowmystic May 11, 2010

    It might be that the doors lath has been pushed into the shut position making the door unable to shut. If this is the case when you close the door (well try to) the door should sound like its hitting something solid.

    Fixing this is easy-

    Get a srewdriver (doesn't matter how big)

    Open the door and on the door where the latch is there will be a small opening on the latch.

    Put the screw driver in the opening on the latch.

    pull the outside door handle up like your opening the door and push the screw driver away from the car's door.

    if you dont understand this very well just e-mail me and i will send you pictures to explain it....



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You have to get the moisture off the door latch and the linkages to the inside handle and outside handle. use a lock deicer and spray the latch and warm up the car by parking in a warm place or running the heater until it thaws. You will eventually have to remove the door trim panel & lube everything and look to make sure no exces water is getting in at the base of the window. look for gaps on the seal at ends and seal them.

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