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N Reg Ford Escort Cabriolet, locking mechanism

I couldn't close my drivers door and realised the catch had broken, I've managed to get a new one so spent 3 hours removing the old one as there is a black bar that moves te electric window in the way. I now can't get the new mechanism in and can't work out how to move the bar, or even take the window out so as to get it in. So at the moment I have my drivers door beng held shut with a piece of string!HELP

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By 'Black bar' do you mean the window guide? If so, this is usually held in place at the bottom by a bolt or screw &, once removed, the guide should pull out downwards. The window should be closed. Your latch might have a black, anti-theft cover on the inside of the door which will also need to be removed.

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