Question about 2004 Ford Freestar
It seems that the backdoor is not fully closed, so that when the car doors are unlocked the unlocking mechanism does not get engaged and the lock remains locked. The result is that you cannot open the door -- not fully locked (the electrical unlock will not work) but still locked enough, so that pulling on the handle will not open it. Is there a way to mechanically disegage the lock?
I bought a used 04 and when I took delivery I couldn't open the tailgate.
The non-Ford dealer was clueless when it came to helping me so I looked at it myself.
There is a small plastic access cover right above the mechanism on the inside of the hatch. It is about 1.5" by 1.5" square. Pop it off and drown the lock with WD40 to see if you can free it iu.
I finally got mine to open and then removed the inner panel to partially reveal the mechanism. It looked like it was brought up from the Titanic. It was completely rusted.
Seems that this model has a problem with water getting into the lock as it pools in the area where the catch is.
$167.00 later, tax in, and the problem is fixed as long as you continue to spary the h_ _ _ out of it with WD40
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
Replaced the locking mechanism on mine for the same problem
approx $100 at DIY AUTO PARTS on line
Posted on Sep 06, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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