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2001 Ford Explorer Sport

The driver's side door handle will not open with remote or key on outside only after pulling handle and pressing interior button several times on 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

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  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2009

    I have the same problem and it has been that way for about a year now. I'm afraid to take it somewhere because I think they will charge me an arm and leg to repair it.



  • jhyzy Jan 25, 2009

    I cannot open ANY of my doors with key or remote

  • strenery Apr 19, 2009

    I have this problem too...started gradually...one door then other..back door does not open at all...keys works sometime but wouldnt open drivers door last time...had to climb through... has cost me too much money already...REFUSE to pay for this repair too...I have locking sound but locks wont go up

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Common problem on 2001 Ford Explores. The reason why your door handle doesn't unlock the door(can't be unlocked by remote either)is due to a broken spring located on the backside of the door handel INSIDE the door. True that your one(or two) of your small exterior springs on your door handle are broken(will cause your handle to flap) but this IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM. The door locks will work if there is a bit of tension holding the handle bracket up. I know it's hard to explain without pics. but here's the ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS. It's not that hard.......... Remove the door panel, only a few screws and a few more holding trim around exit handle then, pull out "snap in" clips on bottom. With a flashlight you'll see back side of door handle. To get to that area you'll have to remove one bolt holding a window frame. Do that(with window in up position) then slide down rail, out of your way. Now, get back to handle. With your light aimed at the backside of handle left slowly the door handle as normal, and you'll realize(while looking at the mechanism) that tension(pulling down of bracket) needs to occur in order for locks(manual and remote)to work properly. Trust me.....you'll figure it out. Once you do, get a spring(pen spring, 30 cent hardware store spring, any small spring!) and hook one end to bracket and the other end to ANYTHING(OUT OF THE WAY) below the door handle thus, causing SLIGHT tension. Try your locks...THEY WILL WORK! YEAH! Replace that one window frame bolt(try your window...just the make sure), replace door panel and your done. TOTAL COST: 30 cents or FREE(if you have a small spring) Ford dealers will charge $150 to $285! Yikes!

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    Dave Dec 09, 2015

    Is it a yellow,snap like,for rearview door?

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Check the outside door handle spring or the latch spring.One of those ar broken causing the latch to bind.

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