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1998 ford explorer, can not lock doors

Can not lock doors with the panel buttons on either side for all the doors, or with my key less entry or with my wireless keychain.It did work the other day, just dosent work now. I can lock my door with the button on the back or manually, I can unlock all doors though with the panel buttons or keyless entry or with the key chain wireless divice

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Hello Jeroboam777d,

News FLASH...!!

Things are seldom made better by needle-nosing
out parts and throwing them over your shoulder.

Fortunately these are still sold new from your dealers
(my preference is ROCKAUTO)

(see below)

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Universal kits are even available from AMAZON and of course there is ALWAYS eBay.

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