Question about 1996 Ford Explorer
When you lock door with remote,the door locks.when you try to open door the door willnot open.from inside i grab the linkage to door handle & pull back &fourth it will release the door latch & open. testing with door open i pushed down the door lock rod & it will not go down enough to lock. feels like it is striking something.[ nothing is obstructing it.] when i pull on the linkage to handle it will lock. the outside handle spring is broken.[can see it from inside] [could this be the problem?]or what else?. thanks
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Door won't unlatch or come open
Ford had a problem with the door handles not working properly. They are cheap plastic. If the exterior door handle is broken, you will need to drill out the rivets that hold it in, and then get the door open and the panel off. You have to disconnect the rod going to it. Then, remove the handle. If you don't want to drill again, I suggest replacing the rivets with a bolt and nut easily obtainable at your hardware store. I've found that a M7 bolt works very well. If you are having a problem with the interior door handle, it's the same problem. Remember to check your door latch because if your exterior handle is broken, then your latch isn't working properly. I got one at Ford for about 40 bucks.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
You are on the right track.
Door panel is easy to take off. you need a screwdriver and a panel popper (or if you don't have one carefully pull the panel off with your hands, you may have to get new panel clips) ,they are cheap so no big deal.
Posted on May 09, 2009
Best way is to turn the key quarter turn to allow the rods to move over. The lugs tend to break when removing doors locks, so best order a couple before attempting to re-fit.
Posted on Oct 20, 2009
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There are long linkage rods from the inside handle to the latch assembly. There should be an adjustment on these links. Too tight keeps latch from locking, too loose it won't unlatch. Use a screw driver or rod to trip the latch asm so you don't have to keep opening and closing the door. Also if it sticks closed and won't unlatch, the door won't be locked closed on you.
Posted on Feb 05, 2010
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