I found a loose spring to my door lock 99' Ford Explorer.
I locked my keys and didn't have a spare..tried using a slim jim and apparently pulled a spring, loose. Hence my lock keeps getting stuck (Driver side door), and door won't open. All others will open...I can get it unstuck playing and pulling on the lock and electronic buttons
Re: I found a loose spring to my door lock 99' Ford...
This This is what you have to do.Go to the hardware store and get a spring just like in the pic maybe smaller. Put the bottom side just like in the pic and the top side of the spring on the door cilynder. And you are done.
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get road side service to get in with slim jim
that then will allow you to remove the door trim
the door lock is held in place with a large "C" shaped spring clip so getting the lock out from the outside is not an option
locked keys inside, keep spare in wallet, i shave them down
or buy a flat key for pocket, (safe for life)
there are only 3 ways
1: lock smith picks lock.
2: you give him key num, and he cuts one with special tool.
3: break window (slim fails)
4: get one at dealer. they look it up and bingo.
5: drill out lock , and buy new lock.
Only by breaking and entering: you'd have to punch out the lock cylinder to get to the latch.
Try a coathanger wire past the door molding to reach the door lock and trip it. A "slim jim" may also work-a thin metal bar that slides down the outside of door window into door and catches the lock rod to spring lock open. Finally, call a locksmith to open door, and have him make you a spare key after he opens door.
You need somebody with a SLIM-JIM, which is what tow truck driver`s have. Are you a member of CAA? They or any other towing company will come to your car and unlock the door for you.
You can keep a spare key in a MAGNETIC BOX under your car in case ther`s a next time..
Your best bet shy of going to get any other available key is to call "Pop-a-Lock" or something like that. I say that as the damage that can be caused by springing the door trying to get in can be much more expensive. Not to mention the frustration.
Second is to find a friend with a "slim jim" (this is a thin flat piece of metal with cuts made in it so that it can be slid down into the door & hook onto the door linkage & pop the lock by pulling up once hooking it) but even that can damage the linkage or connectors within the door.
But, if you must try yourself, (I have-see needless note below) you may be able to unlock the doors. I've used a coathanger, bent it so that when I stuck it through the edge of the door near the top of the window by prying out cautiously, I was able to get the wire to pry the lock to the Unlock position & open the door. I had to get lucky & it took several attempts to get the hanger bent to where it would "grab". I used flat tip screwdrivers for my wedges.
I also cracked my windshield on that car first as I tried to use the stainless antenna mast which popped off of the lock switch & cracked the windshield-use caution. I then went & got my coathanger.
If that doesn't work, the coathanger can be used as a "slim jim type device, slid between the glass and the weather strip (rubber) with a "J" bend so that you can hopefully grab the bar (similar to the slim jim) that goes to the lock & pull enough on it to use the flex in it to open the lock.
In either instance, it will help if you use something to wedge between the area where you are to insert the hanger. I doubled the hanger when I made the "J" hook for extra strength, the J is small at the end to catch, that's all. There is a bar that runs between the lock switch to the lock on the door & that's what you're trying to hook. You can also try & hook a manual window knob & work it to open the window slowly.
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 driver.place 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.
try to put WD 40 in the key hole. If you have a key- less button on your key ring and the battery is dead on that one and you have a spare you can use your cell phone to call someone with spare and hold the phone next to the car and have them push unlock and it will unlock it. this might sound strange but it does work. if you don't have a key-less button then use a slim jim. you have to come in from the rear of the lock.you just have to feel the handle to make sure you are getting close to the lock.