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The driver's side door lock on my '98 Ford Explorer

The driver's side door lock on my '98 Ford does not work when it is below freezing. It will work ok once it is warmed up but its getting worse.

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  • trailhaunter Dec 13, 2009

    Well its more that the lock will not move up and down even when I try the handle.

  • trailhaunter Dec 14, 2009

    Is it possible the solenoid or actuator needs to be replaced?

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Try using "LOCK EASE". You can buy it at Autozone.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009

  • Mickgiever
    Mickgiever Dec 13, 2009

    Then it may be the latch post is worn out, or the door is sagging to the point where it doesn't meet the latch post properly. If this is the case, then you should take it to a body shop to have the post replaced or the door hinges replaced.

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