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I have a 1997 f150 and i cant open the third door. the cable has come off from the upper latch and i dont know how to trip the latch so i can open the door and replace the latch and cable.is there a secret to trip the latch. i have used a small spring hook and still cant get it to catch on anything to trip the latch.

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Take off the window latch/lock and pop off the 2 pieces of trim and you should be able to access the cable.

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