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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

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  • t_727 Feb 16, 2009

    Thank you..Is there a picture or illustration, of where it may go??

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I found a loose spring to my door lock 99' Ford Ex - 76df6f5.jpgThis 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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Sounds like you'll have to pull inside panel, lube all linkages & mechanisms good & replace spring to it's original location.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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    Mike Butler Feb 16, 2009

    Trying to find that info for you, but in the meantime I'd be looking in the area of the latch assy itself, you will probably see 2 little "o" 's on mechanism itself, that will make sense to you when you compare there distance with spring length. Hopefully you didn't stretch spring too bad when it got yanked off.

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Feb 16, 2009

    This may help guide you, but doesn't show spring in picture.



    http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairG...

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