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1998 4x4 ford explore driver side door will not

My 1998 4x4 ford explore driver side door will not lock, door handles were broken. i am in the process of doing it my self, and i just happened to run into tiny problems. for example i did replace the handles but i just can't seem to get the door to lock properly. it will lock with the key from the outside but i have to fight with it to get it back open. my main question is how does the locks work from the inside.

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There are long linkage rods from the inside handle to the latch assembly. There should be an adjustment on these links. Too tight keeps latch from locking, too loose it won't unlatch. Use a screw driver or rod to trip the latch asm so you don't have to keep opening and closing the door. Also if it sticks closed and won't unlatch, the door won't be locked closed on you.

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