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Door latches on a 1999 taurus wont release can I open the door with a slim jim

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SOURCE: 2000 Ford expedition. Rear door latch will not release when unloc

The good ol' Ford door lock mechanisms get tired after a while and need replacing.
This is a pretty common occurence as the Fords get older. Best to open the panels and replace before you can't get it open at all.

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SOURCE: 2003 Ford Explorer back door latch will not open

Mine just did the exact same thing. The latch may be moving freely because it is not hooked to the latching mechanism anymore. In my case, the handle had broken where the handle hooks to the rod that operates the mechanism. Go to the Ford dealer and buy a new handle. Here in S.C. it was $24. You can't get this at the parts houses. Start by removing the plastic "Ford" cover that is over the liscense plate lights. You then have to remove the aluminum rivets that hold the handle to the tailgate from the outside and remove the broken latch. Remove the pull handle loop on the interior side of the tailgate (2 screws), unsnap the inside plastic tailgate interior panel, and pull down the black plastic sheeting that is underneath the panel to make access to the mechanism inside of the tailgate. There is also a hard plastic cover that you will see that needs to be pulled loose to open another access hole. Install the new tailgate latch handle by sliding back into the mounting holes and attach with two 10-32 screws and nuts. The new handle will come with a new yellow rod attachment piece on the handle. You will see inside of the tailgate a small rod hanging down, most likeky it will have the same rod attachment piece as the one on the new handle. Note the position of the yellow piece on the rod, as you will connect the new piece in the same place. Once the rod is hooked up, relubricate the metal mechanism with a light machine oil, replace the black plastic cover, replace the black plastic sheeting, (secure with a small amount of duct tape), replace the tailgate interior panel, replace the pull handle loop, shut tailgate, replace "Ford" cover over lights, and you're done!

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stretched or frozen... have helper bang on hood center front while you tug..once open lube abd grease all latch areas and cable end you see there...good luck

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SOURCE: F150 third door top lock won't release

there's a cable that runs from the door mech up to the top latch, need to pull down on this cable to release the top latch. Only way I could pull down enough to release was through the hole just left of the opening for the mech...cable is attached to the door frame with plastic tie wrap...pop this out so the cable is free in there and then just pry down with a screwdriver...make sure your pulling the handle at the same time. Once the door is open, it's easy to see what happening, most likely the cable is stretched out too much. I just ordered the part from Ford, the cable and top latch come as one part...about $60.

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SOURCE: how can i slim jim the door? (locked my keys

with out the right tools it will be verry hard also you can break your glass or knock a lock rod off.

THE best way to do this is if you have power locks find somthing you can use as a wedge EXAMPLE;screw the wedge between the dood and the car you may have to pry it open a little. now get a coat hanger and push the power lock button.

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Sounds like the activator rod that goes from the door Handle to the latch is disconnected. You will have to get the door open to repair it and a good mechanic or tow truck driver can use a slim Jim kit to get the latch to release and then you can pull the door panel and find the problem.

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How to unlock with slim jim

You put it down past the window into the door. Then start twisting and turning and pulling up and down on the slim jim so the hooks on the end of the tool can hopefully catch a rod running from the door handle to the latch. When it catches the rod, tug on it to cause the rod to open the latch. Think of it as a fishing expedition-sometimes lucky, sometimes not.

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I need a diagram of the locking mechanism in my 2001 nissan sentra so that i can use a slim jim to unlock the passenger side door.

I don't have a diagram of the door but if you slip the slim Jim in over the top of the outside door handle it should catch on the latch bar. If you are doing this because the door won't open from the interior handle or the outside handle the problem most likely isn't the lock. The way that handle connects to the release it is held in place with a piece of plastic that breaks fairly easy. If that piece breaks the interior door handle won't activate the unlock function when pulled and you will have a heck of a time getting the door opened so you can get inside the panel to do the repair.

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I locked my keys in my 1999 chevy cavalier, I want to know if I can use a slim jim on it to unlock the doors

if you know what it is that you are trying to grab inside the door with a slim jim then 'yes' it is possible to open the car this way. but if you have never slim jim'ed this type of car before then it is best to have a locksmith come out and do it proper. there is a chance that you could knock off a linkage rod and make this situation even worse.
but if you want to give it a try then I will try my best to tell you what it is that you are looking for inside the door. near the back of the door where the door latch is located,, you are trying to grab onto the inside linkage control tab that is on the latch itself,,, with the slim jim you should feel a spongy feeling while pushing down,, at that point slide the slim jim in alittle and twist and then lift up --- this should unlock the car.
now there is another way of attacking this door,, but you will need to use a heavy wire bent like a 'L' and at the bottom of the 'L' you make a small hook to grab onto the inside control linkage rod ( inside the door ) --- you will need the heavy wire,a propane torch ( to bend the wire ) and two small wooden wedges to wedge the window away from the door skin. if you have your tool made ,, go about mid way to the front of the door and lower tool into the door about 7 inches and try and hook the linkage -- watch the inside lock control for movement while you fish for it,, grab it and move it backwards -- this will unlock the door.
'if you do try to slim jim the car - I would recommend trying the passenger side door so if anything does happen to one of the linkage rods, then it will not affect the drivers door.
I know that this all sounds kinda tuff and time consuming -- and it is,,, that is why I would still say to call a locksmith and have them come out to the car and pop it open for you,, they will be there in about 20 minutes -- it will take them 2 minutes to open the car and the cost will be about 45 to 55 dollars for this service. now you can also call a taxi service or a tow truck service and they might do it slightly cheaper then the locksmith company -- but they are far from qualified to do the job ( but they can get it open cheap -- ) -- I would stick with the skilled locksmith ...


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Both door locks do not work properly. I can only open the drivers side door from the inside. And the passengers side door will not open at all. This is on a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport.

Do any of the door handles inside or out feel sloppy (when you pull on them does it feel like there is nothing connected to them)?

If so that the levers on the latches are probably rusted up and sticking. Say for example the outside door handle lever that is attached to the door latch is stuck half way in the open position it will not allow the door lock mechanism to lock or unlock. The door will still latch and stay closed because the lever will not be stuck far enough to release the latch mechanism from hold on to the striker.

I have had pretty good luck removing the door latch (the part that actually holds the door closed) and soaking in penetrating lube and working all the levers until they move freely.

As far as the door that doesn't open I suspect it is stuck in the lock position and one of the handle mechanisms is in the partial up position. Again the symptom would be a sloppy door handle. That lever will need to be put back in its normal resting position before the door can be unlocked. This can be done with a slim jim. Once you have the door panel apart on the door that still opens you will be able to see the parts you need to move. You can then use that knowledge to move those parts on the other door that doesn't open.

If you don't have any experience with a lockout kit (i suspect most people do not) that that's the best way I can describe how you can do this yourself.

Sep 29, 2010 | 1999 Ford Explorer

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A typical slim jim wont do the trick for you.

You need special tools to do the trick. Most tow truck drivers have them.

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