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97 ford explorer driverside front door latch trouble.

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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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.

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SOURCE: passenger side door will only unlock if you pull handle and only lock if you push lock down.key,switch or remote won't work.

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.


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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.
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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.

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We have a problem with the doors locking when you shut them. they wont unlock with the key and we think that te locks are broken. do you have a solution for this?


Its possible taht you have any linkage problem there; first check the FUSE, use this Ford-Explorer Owners Manual to know the specific location.

To physical check,

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Front door latch-Explorer


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Rear door latch-Explorer

  1. Remove the door trim panel and watershield.
  2. Disconnect the rods from the handle and lock cylinder, and from the remote control assembly.
  3. Remove the latch assembly attaching screws and remove the latch from the door.
  4. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Door Lock Cylinder
  1. Open the window.
  2. Remove the trim panel and watershield.
  3. Disconnect the actuating rod from the lock control link clip.
  4. Slide the retainer away from the lock cylinder.
  5. Remove the cylinder from the door.
  6. Use a new gasket when installing to ensure a watertight fit.
  7. Lubricate the cylinder with suitable oil recommended for this application.

Hope helps (remember rated this).

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sounds like lock bar has been knocked off normally happens when someone tries to slimjim the locks

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A common problem with these are that the power door lock actuator freezes, and wont let the door unlock all the way,or the latch rusts up and again wont let door open, see if the lock arm is going up and down all the way, if not then try grabbing the lock with pliers and pulling up and then opening the door, or pull and push a few times then try to open the door, good luck.

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My driver side door wont open from inside or outside


it appears you have a broken latch
the bad news is when your latch breaks like this you will end up destroying the interior door skin in order to get the door open

the good news is that almost any good garage can make the repair quickly

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There is a latch inside the frame of the back door. You have to switch the latch to unlock and they will then allow someone in the back seat to open the doors.

From www.topix.com /forum/autos
1998 (2000) Expedition....child safety lock often kicked in by itself. SOLVEDI wedged it down with a rubber plug. - ALL OK for ~ 3 years.
Then lock "activated" even with lever DOWN.
All is FINE NOW - see below.
Rick
Milton, Canada
Remove the plastic cover around the lock lever. Spray a light penatrating oil (wd-40) in and around the lock leaver mechanisim and work the mechanisim up and down several times. This should free up the small gravity lock inside the mechanism.

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Trying to remove door latch on 1995 thunderbird. Car has power locks.


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Section 01-14A: Handles, Locks, Latches and Mechanisms 1995 Thunderbird, Cougar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Latch, Door Removal and Installation
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield from front door (20124). Refer to Section 01-05 .
  1. Mark the location of the bolt retaining front door glass run front retainer (21572). Remove the bolt.
  1. Check all rod connections against the appropriate illustration. Correct any disconnected or loose connections and check operation before replacing parts.
  1. Remove power door lock actuator (218A42).
  1. Disconnect the rods from the front door latch (21812) . The front door latch remote control link (21940) and the latch-to-lock cylinder rod cannot be removed because of the rod's end configuration. Remove wiring from clip on front door latch shield.
  1. Remove front door latch control cylinder rod (22134) from the door lock cylinder (21985).
  1. Remove front door latch remote control and link (21818).
  1. Remove the front door latch retaining screws. Disconnect the door open warning lamp switch (14018) , if so equipped. Remove the front door latch from the front door .
  1. NOTE: Do not damage anti-theft shield.
    Remove anti-theft shield from the front door latch .
  1. Remove front door latch remote control link , front door latch control cylinder rods , and door open warning lamp switches from front door latch , where applicable.
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure. Tighten front door latch retaining screws 4-8 Nm (36-70 lb-in).
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Item Part Number Description 1 21852 Front Door Latch Push Button Rod 2 21940 Front Door Latch Remote Control Link 3 386656-S Bushing 4 21978 Door Latch Shield 5 218A42 Power Door Lock Actuator 6 22134 Front Door Latch Control Cylinder Rod 7 21812 Front Door Latch
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Remote Control Assembly Door Latch
Removal and Installation
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield. Refer to Section 01-05 .
  1. Remove screw and washer assembly retaining front door latch remote control and link (21818) to front door (20124) .
  1. Rotate front door latch remote control and link to remove from front door latch remote control link (21940) .
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure.

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needs door lock actuators... and all the door latches need cleaned and lubed... spray brake cleaner on latch let dry then spray some wd-40 or equialant on latch... it may need latches too but usually cleaning them will fix them

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Pull the panel off starting at the top, you can just pry the window control apart, you don't need to unscrew that part. I sprayed white grease (lubriplate) all around the door latch inside there, and it unlatched easy.
After I put it back together, the knob still doesn't rise as high as the other side. I think the linkage is binding, and the connecting rod is bent. At least if the door won't unlock with the button you can do it by hand.

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