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The drivers door latch will not keep teh door closed

The drivers door will not stay closed. the latch will not close around the striker. the door was frozen and all i did was to lift the lever and pull it open

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  • frankiesch Jan 13, 2009

    98 Ford Contour driver side front door won't latch.  It will hit the first catch and then will not hit the second catch to hold the door completely shut, so it hangs open.  What is the best way to get the Contour's door panel off to replace any parts that may be needed?   This did all start after a very thick ice storm deposited 1/2 in of ice on it, and we poured hot water on the door and windshield to thaw it open.  Ice is gone and so is water if it got into the panel area, but door still doesn't completely latch.

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manualy lower the latch and disconnect the electrical therminal try it out let me know HOPE IT HELP FIXYA OUR POST THANKS PIERRE

Posted on Jul 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Power sliding door won't close properly on 2005 Freestar

U will need to buy a can of spray white grease and clean and then lubricate all the tracks the door channels on as well as all the latches for the door, this will cure the issue in most cases, did allot of these while working at a Ford dealer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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SOURCE: 99 Cavalier driver door wont close when cold

In my case the latch mechanism was frozen. The best bet for that is to allow it to be heated; hair dryer or something then put WD40 or something on it until i get a new one

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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im guessing your door ajar light is lit, if not maybe its burnt out or if bought used, disconnected by previous owner, cause this can be a problem that occurs, disappears and reoccurs. its most likely the door ajar switch which are are inside the door by the latch rather than in the door jams like the older models. 1st thing is to figure out which door it is and im sure youve shut and reshut the doors repeatedly to eliminate that as the cause. put the key in the ignition, do not start and open drivers door, if it chimes its good, now start the vehicle and one by one open the other 3 passenger doors one by one, ea door should create a single chime, if not thats the door that needs the door ajar switch replaced. 20 dollar part, tight work space. this happened with my 2001 styleside f-150 supercrew lariat and i pulled the #1 relay to save the battery. truck ran fine just no interior lights till i could get around to fixing it. in the meantime my headlight switch burnt out $160 part. not confirmed yet but one souce reported running w/out that relay in could cause a multitude of problems. so beware if youre running iiit w that relay pulled. im still checking into that as a cause or coincidence

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 Explorer door ajar light stay on when all doors are closed

I had this problem on my 2003 explorer and took WD40 and gave the lock mechanism a good dose where it meets the clasp on the door jam. Then open and close the doors a couple of times to get them working. They get gummed up and sometimes have a tendency to stick.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Rear door won't open

its in the door handle itself, tell your mechanic hes crazy, dont let someone put a hole in your truck.. all he needs to do is, worst case broke the handle off, you need to replace it anyway, once he brakes it off he can release the door by pulling the rods in the door.. once open just replace the handle.. i think its about a $20 fix for the handle..good luck keith...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009

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