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1999 ford escort door latch won't catch

The striker on the door latch is in the open position, but it won't catch on the bar.

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Which door? Will the door close and not latch or will the door not quite close and bangs as you try to close it. Have a look inside the latch to see if the latch is in the locked position. If it is, pull on the door handel and use your finger to release the latch into the open position. If latch is in the open position, check the striker attached to the door jamb to make sure the screws have not come loose and allowing the striker to move causing the door to not properly close

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The doors Hinges or Striker need to be adjusted to make up for the weatherstrip thickness. To do this, loosen the hinge-to-door bolts for lateral adjustment only. Loosen the hinge-to-body bolts for both lateral and vertical adjustment.
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REAR DOORS
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BEFORE YOU START:
  • Determine which hinge bolts are to be loosened and back them out just enough to allow movement.
  • To move the door safely, use a padded pry bar. When the door is in the proper position, tighten the bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (26-35 Nm) and check the door operation. There should be no binding or interference when the door is closed and opened.
  • Door closing adjustment can also be affected by the position of the lock striker plate. Loosen the striker plate bolts and move the striker plate just enough to permit proper closing and locking of the door.
TO ADJUST ON A: F-150, F-250, Expedition and Navigator
HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL ADJUSTMENT
  • Loosen the front door hinge to front door bolts.
  • Adjust the front door alignment.
  • Tighten the front door hinge to front door bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (26-35 Nm).

FRONT DOOR FORE AND AFT ADJUSTMENT Check the rear door hinge adjustment before adjusting the front door hinge.
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  • Loosen the front door hinge to body bolts.
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1999-00 F-Super Duty Models
DOOR ADJUSTMENT The following procedure is for performing fore, aft, up, down and tilt adjustments.
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  • Loosen the bolts only enough to allow for slight door movement.
  • Carefully close and adjust the door until flush with the adjacent body panels.
  • Carefully open the door and tighten the bolts.
  • Re-install and adjust the door striker.
  • Check the door for proper operation and alignment.
STRIKER ADJUSTMENT Mark the position of the striker before loosening.
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  • Loosen the striker retaining bolts.
  • Adjust the door striker and tighten the striker retaining bolts.
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I have seen some times the latch assemblys get rusty or dirty and the inside or outside door handles are pulled and the latch assembly siezes in the open position not allowing the door to latch closed..but this may not be the case .. check to see also if the child lock switch position is not stuck in the halfway position, also check if the latch has not flipped to the close position before the door was closed thus jamming the striker latch..this can be fixed by pulling the catch out while opening the door handle..hope this helps good luck...

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joshswisher8: You are describing a door striker out of adjustment or the door latch it self not going into the second stage position.
When you close the door, the latch actually has two positions it goes through. The first, catches the striker and the second latches it solidly. Go to the other side of the car and slowly open and close the door and you will discover what I am describing. This particular job may or may not be one you can tackle. The striker adjustment isn't difficult but it is a safety issue which may be best left to a body shop. If you were to show up at my shop, depending on my mood, it may even be a no charge situation to gain you business in the future. At most, it would be a nominal charge. IT IS THAT SIMPLE AND FAST!
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when the door is open it should look like the picture , i suggest your door is in the closed position and why it bounces off as you say , take a , lets say a screw driver stick it in where the little lever thats sticking up , push the door open button on the outside door handle , pry that lever forward , if successful try it , and lubricate it , hope my barbaric picture gets the point across .

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Your hood is just stuck. You'll need the help of a friend. One person must pry up the hood with their fingers while the other keeps the hood lift lever pulled. Once you get the hood open, I highly recommend "adjusting" the U-shaped striker on the underside of the hood (it's painted body color. Do not mess with the black painted safety latch lever!). On this car model, it has a tendency to bend toward the passenger side over time, causing the sticking hood problem. It's nothing several whacks with a hammer can't fix though to restore it to its original position. Have someone brace the hood (i.e., push the hood toward the passenger side) while you bang the striker back toward the driver's side. It won't need to move far, so check the hood opening operation frequently to see if you've moved the striker far enough back towards the driver's side for it to function normally again. Also, be sure to lubricate the hood latch with some WD-40 or something similar. It will help keep the internal parts of the latch moving and make it easier for your hood to pop up when you pull the hood lift lever.

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