Question about 1997 Ford Explorer AWD
It sounds like the electric lock actuator in that door is bad,as long as the switch makes all the other doors lock and unlock normal and is for all of them,not just the driver door.Perhaps even a loose wire on it which is unlikely,but still possible.The light in the door panel is probably a burnt bulb and should not be related.To remove the door panel,take off the armrest first.It is usually held on by 2 or 3 phillips screws.Just look around for a couple other screws also,like your door light probably also holds down the panel.The rest of the door is held on with plastic pegs which pop in and out of holes along the door edges.Start them by prying with a screwdriver,with the door open,looking at the edge.You should see the seam between the panel and the metal.I usually break a couple of the pegs,so don't be surprised if you do.They are pretty universal,cheap,and at most national auto parts stores.Maybe 10 for $1-$2.50.Once you get past that,you should be all set.The pegs pop back in.The fuse missing is pretty normal.Many manufacturers build a universal type of fuse box for each model and do leave some empty slots.Just for example,say your model has all the "bells and whistles".If a lesser cost model of your Explorer does not have ABS,in the owner's manual for that particular fuse spot,it will simply say not used or 'LX only' or something similar.No side air-bags,same.No cruise control etc. The light bulb for the door should also still be available.I just got a license plate bulb for my 1995 Ford.Also,a bad fuse would cause no operation for an entire system,not just up or down doesn't work,or left turn works,right turn does not.Good luck,Greg
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