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My passenger side door lock will not unlock with the button or the key. Is there any easy solution? 1998 Ford Explorer.

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The door lock actuator is faulty on your passenger door,if your not very familiar with changing it,You may wanna have a shop replace it for you.We replaced at least 10 last year at our shop.

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