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It would seem there is nothing else to do other than remove the door panel with the door closed. Removing the seat is likely to be necessary.
Not always possible to remove the door card without damage.
Are you saying the inside door handle isnt snapped,but the door wont open by pulling on the inside door handle or is it the outside door handle thats not working??Both the inside and outside door handle has a spring and other components on the backside of the handle which cant really be seen unless you remove the whole door handle assembly.One of these components are most likely broken or the rod that attaches between each handle and the locking mechanism(part that locks into the door striker to keep the door closed and releases it too)might have come loose from the back of the handle.The outside handle is usually mounted to the door by pop rivets or bolts/nuts.The inside handle is usually mounted with screws,but it really depends on what kind of car youre driving.Youll probably have to remove the handle to inspect it for damage.Open the door and watch the locking mechanism for movement while youre pulling on the door handle.If it doesnt move when you pull on the handle,the handle is definitely broke or the rod has come loose from the back of the handle.
Inside or outside handle?? You can get the door open but you should have a new handle when you do and you will have to know how to change it so need to know inner or outside handle and what year the vehicle is etc.
You will need to remove the inside door panel to change the outside door handle...remember to raise the window to allow more access...the door handle bolts on the inside are 10 mm...To remove the inside door panel...you will need to remove the armrest first...screws are receased on door handle...Hope this helps.
The outside door handle spring is broke ,or the latch spring is broke. The only way to tell is remove the door panel and inspect the rod from the handle to latch. Look for broken spring on handle. I have installed an external spring from the handle rod to latch to keep the rod in the full up position.
simple solution. take the panel off of your door, and look for the rod that connects directly to your outside door handle. 9 times out of 10, it came loose because it didn't get inserted properly into the cheap plastic hole which keeps the rod connected to the door handle.
Common problem on 2001 Ford Explores. The reason why your door handle doesn't unlock the door(can't be unlocked by remote either)is due to a broken spring located on the backside of the door handel INSIDE the door.
True that your one(or two) of your small exterior springs on your door handle are broken(will cause your handle to flap) but this IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM.
The door locks will work if there is a bit of tension holding the handle bracket up. I know it's hard to explain without pics. but here's the ONLY WAY TO FIX THIS.
It's not that hard..........
Remove the door panel, only a few screws and a few more holding trim around exit handle then, pull out "snap in" clips on bottom.
With a flashlight you'll see back side of door handle. To get to that area you'll have to remove one bolt holding a window frame.
Do that(with window in up position) then slide down rail, out of your way.
Now, get back to handle.
With your light aimed at the backside of handle left slowly the door handle as normal, and you'll realize(while looking at the mechanism) that tension(pulling down of bracket) needs to occur in order for locks(manual and remote)to work properly.
Trust me.....you'll figure it out.
Once you do, get a spring(pen spring, 30 cent hardware store spring, any small spring!) and hook one end to bracket and the other end to ANYTHING(OUT OF THE WAY) below the door handle thus, causing SLIGHT tension.
Try your locks...THEY WILL WORK! YEAH!
Replace that one window frame bolt(try your window...just the make sure), replace door panel and your done.
TOTAL COST: 30 cents or FREE(if you have a small spring)
Ford dealers will charge $150 to $285! Yikes!