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Drivers door lock works/unlock does not. The light inth door panel also is not recieving power. Cannot find any bad fuses Also found an empty fuse holder in the wiring under the steering column. It holds a 10 amp fuse, but I have no idea what it is for.

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  • gabege31 Nov 07, 2010

    It is not the bulb I have already replaced it. There is no power to the socket. I have also changed the door lock actuator and still have the same problem.
    The unrelated fuse issue is not in the fuse box. It is two wires under the steering column, that both goe into a white adapter and have 90 degree connectors on them.



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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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  • Greg McCarthy Nov 07, 2010

    Ouch.This will not be easy to trace.Are any of thewires coming down from the harness the same color as what is at the bulb?Normally,they would be in a system like that which should be a straight shot from the power source to the system where nothing is really needed in between.Either,to the bulb,or to the lock.Hopefully,you still heve them easily accessible to do a continuity check for now.There is a library up the street which I occassionally use for wiring diagrams.The haynes are the only ones that have them though and they do not have many models available.Do you have one?They are not available for free online.Also,I saw that the fuse was in the harness,but I just gave an example of why that happens.If you do not have a complete system not working,it likely isn't meant to be used.The socket wire and the door lock wire also pass through a plastic casing,usually black,between the door and the frame.You would have to cut it open to look for a broken/frayed wire,just make sure it is sealed up good when you are done.You may want to look there before ohming it out.Greg



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