Question about 2003 Ford Escape
The lift gate of my 2003 ford escape wont lock using my FOB and switch at the driver side. I opened the panel to check the linkages for binding and they seemed good. I disconnected the connector of the actuator and measured the resistance accross the terminals and i got zero reading. Is the actuator already shorted?
I just want to know if there is any manual to disarm the lift gate and check for the problem. Currently my door is lock and cant open, how you force it to open?
Posted on Dec 04, 2009
Hello, all. I just got done with this whole rear gate not locking/unlocking. Fortunately, there is a (relative) easy fix!
Symptom: You lock your car with FOB but back gate still opens; sets off alarm (i.e.- things can get stolen from your car even after being "locked")
You unlock your car but the back gate does not unlock, so you can't get your groceries or tools out of your car (thoughts of breaking a window pass through your brain...)
Problem: rear gate door lock actuator malfunctions
******* solution: remove back gate cover (4 screws, some prying and pulling) and manually lift the actuator (my 2002 Escape does not have a key/manual entry)
Better solution: call junk yards around to find an actuator. Nationwide Auto Parts in Toledo sold me their used one for less than $40. Still remove door cover but then replace broken actuator by removing 4 nuts and 4 screws (2 holding actuator to bracket)
Expensive solution: get a factory replacement at $160 (Kistler Ford in Toledo) and get charged labor for replacement
Alternative: give me a call and I'll fix it for price of part plus dinner at Taco Bell
Posted on May 18, 2012
Ford actually had a recall on the escape hatch, check and see if that is included, could be a free fix for you
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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