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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Re: 1998 4x4 ford explore driver side door will not
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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sounds like the lock actuator is bad this is a two sided device that operates from both sides it is possible that one side is not making contact the way that it should be. you will have to take the door panel off and visually look to see what has happened. one side m,ay be broken.
The outside door handle spring is broke ,or the latch spring is broke. The only way to tell is remove the door panel and inspect the rod from the handle to latch. Look for broken spring on handle. I have installed an external spring from the handle rod to latch to keep the rod in the full up position.
You have to pull the interior door panel off, remove the two fastners that hold the exterior handle on....disconnect the two plastic clips for the lock rod....reinstall in reverse order.....have some metric sockets on hand and an extension.
remove the door panel with out breaking the hook style plastic clips by un doing any phillip screws holding the doors pull handle, and maybe a couple of lower retainer screws, remove the power window and power lock switchs from the doors handle than pull lightly on the bottom of the door panel . if it feels loose it should pull out about 2 inches.than slide the whole door panel straight up and off the door it self. now you can unclip the power mirror wire connector and remove the mirror itself from the upper corner of the door
good luck chris
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.
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!
Ford had a problem with the door handles not working properly. They are cheap plastic. If the exterior door handle is broken, you will need to drill out the rivets that hold it in, and then get the door open and the panel off. You have to disconnect the rod going to it. Then, remove the handle. If you don't want to drill again, I suggest replacing the rivets with a bolt and nut easily obtainable at your hardware store. I've found that a M7 bolt works very well. If you are having a problem with the interior door handle, it's the same problem. Remember to check your door latch because if your exterior handle is broken, then your latch isn't working properly. I got one at Ford for about 40 bucks.