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My door on the driver side of my 1998 ford explorer won't open from either side

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  • powellj Jul 13, 2009

    how do i do that?

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Sounds like you need a new latch. You will have to try and get the panel off to access the inner workings, and it will be a pain in the ****, and may break.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: How to replace '96 Ford Explorer driver side exterior door handle

You will need to remove the door panel to gain access to the handle. Roll the window up or down as needed to get to the nuts that attach the handle to the door. You will also need to remove a rod the goes to the door lock. You will see the rod after the door panel is removed. Good luck.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

Common problem on 2001 Ford Explores. The reason why your door handle doesn't unlock the door(can't be unlocked by remote either)is due to a broken spring located on the backside of the door handel INSIDE the door. True that your one(or two) of your small exterior springs on your door handle are broken(will cause your handle to flap) but this IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM. The door locks will work if there is a bit of tension holding the handle bracket up. I know it's hard to explain without pics. but here's the ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS. It's not that hard.......... Remove the door panel, only a few screws and a few more holding trim around exit handle then, pull out "snap in" clips on bottom. With a flashlight you'll see back side of door handle. To get to that area you'll have to remove one bolt holding a window frame. Do that(with window in up position) then slide down rail, out of your way. Now, get back to handle. With your light aimed at the backside of handle left slowly the door handle as normal, and you'll realize(while looking at the mechanism) that tension(pulling down of bracket) needs to occur in order for locks(manual and remote)to work properly. Trust me.....you'll figure it out. Once you do, get a spring(pen spring, 30 cent hardware store spring, any small spring!) and hook one end to bracket and the other end to ANYTHING(OUT OF THE WAY) below the door handle thus, causing SLIGHT tension. Try your locks...THEY WILL WORK! YEAH! Replace that one window frame bolt(try your window...just the make sure), replace door panel and your done. TOTAL COST: 30 cents or FREE(if you have a small spring) Ford dealers will charge $150 to $285! Yikes!

Posted on Jun 14, 2009

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SOURCE: 99 Ford explorer Door Lock

OK. Now I have come across this myself and have done the following to fix it. First you need to know if the power door lock actuator is bad or not. If the driver door locks and unlocks with the inner driver door main control switch then it is not bad. If not then try to replace this component. To do this you will need to remove the door panel. It is not that hard. Many tutorials online that can help with this. It is easier then you think. Pull back the inner water seal from the door frame to gain access to the inner working of the door. You will need to remove the window track that is in front of the actuator to remove it easily. If not then you will have a very hard time trying to figure out how to get it out. There is a bolt that hold the bottom half on that needs to be removed. It comes out and re installs very easily. Disconnect the wiring from the actuator before you try to remove it. You will need to remove the rivet located on the outside of the door that holds the actuator in place. Drill this one out. This needs to be removed so the old actuator can be removed and you can install a new one. This rivet is heavy duty is going to be 1/4" You must not use a nut an bolt or a plastic rivet to reinstall the new actuator for the nut an bolt can come loose and cause failure and the plastic one can break very easily due to the power that is exerted by the actuator. You will have to get a heavy duty rivet gun for this as well for the standard ones are too small. They can be had at Harbor Freight for like $20.00 and comes with all the different size rivets too. To re install the new actuator just reverse the process. If this does not fix it then the problem lies with the door cylinder contact switch. This switch is mounted on the Keyed door cylinder and is connected to the power door lock actuator. It sends a signal to the actuator to lock or unlock when you turn the key. It also controls all the the other doors as well. I am not certain how much this is but I do know it can be purchased at most auto parts stores. I have also found that the door latch receiver mechanism can go bad too. The key will lock the driver side door but wont unlock the driver side door. The only way to open the door was to go to the other side or the rear driver side and use the inner door lever. This can be a costly fix and is not easy to replace by yourself. It is very difficult to remove and can be a lengthy job at that if you are not to familiar with these types of assemblies. If you are not careful you can also break the inner door handle by pulling too hard and that is not cheap to replace either. If you do not want to try to do this yourself then let someone who knows how to do it do it for you. It can be a very aggravating job if you are not used to it. If your key is not turning in either direction on any of the locks then the tumblers are jammed and need to be lubed up to operate properly. This is very easy to do and won't take much time. To remove the key lock from the door you need to remove the lock ring on the cylinder to disengage the door lock mechanism and then pull the flex plate that holds the lock in the door. After that insert your key to see if the tumbler slides are moving freely. If not then spray it with an all purpose oil or grease so you can loosen up the tumblers slides. They should be visible on the underside of the lock. Work the key in an out slowly till you see all the slides move easily and watch to make sure that they go back in to place when you remove the key. That's all there is to it. If any of the tumbler slides are damaged then you need to take it to a lock smith and have him replace the bad slides. Should not cost that much and will save you some money as well instead of paying for a new keyed lock which will also change your key to that door and will not work in the other ones. Hope this helps

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Explorer Door Lock

Hey guys , i got one that i think i know whats wrong but i want to check with others to see, ok so here it is my lock switch on the drivers side only unlocks the doors it does not lock but all the other lock switches in the car fully work so im thinkin maybe its the driver side door lock switch.


This is a common problem with this model. If you access the wires in the boot between the door you will find a broken wire about an inch from the connector. Hope this helps!!

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 Ford Explorer - Drivers side door lock, rear

Aside from the fuses, your drive side power door lock may be failing to work because of a bad door-lock relay system, or, alternatively, the locking switch/button, itself, is not malfunctioning and in need of replacement.

A great handyman site that specifies the above probable causes and more is the following link:
http://yourhandymanzone.com/Your_Handyman_Zone_How_To_Pages_Vehicle_Car_Zone_Cars_Trucks_Vans_Locks_Power_Locks_Do_Not_Lock_When_Pressing_Locking_Switch_Button.htm

Good luck!

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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Fuse panel and power distribution box identification for 1995-99 Explorer/Mountaineer models-Part 3

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I really hope help you with this (rated this help) Good luck.

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