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1999 Ford Explorer looking for instructions for installing a door

Latch assembly

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There really aren't any directions. If it is the door latch remove the door panel. Remove the rod that connects it to the door latch assembly. Remove the nuts that attach the latch to the door and reverse the process to finish. You may have to raise or lower the window to get access to the door latch. Good luck.

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We have a problem with the doors locking when you shut them. they wont unlock with the key and we think that te locks are broken. do you have a solution for this?

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To physical check,


Front door latch-Explorer


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  1. Remove the door trim panel and watershield.
  2. Disconnect the rods from the handle and lock cylinder, and from the remote control assembly.
  3. Remove the latch assembly attaching screws and remove the latch from the door.
  4. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Door Lock Cylinder
  1. Open the window.
  2. Remove the trim panel and watershield.
  3. Disconnect the actuating rod from the lock control link clip.
  4. Slide the retainer away from the lock cylinder.
  5. Remove the cylinder from the door.
  6. Use a new gasket when installing to ensure a watertight fit.
  7. Lubricate the cylinder with suitable oil recommended for this application.

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On my 1999 Ford Explorer when you open the drivers side door the interior light does not come on. I had the front door latches replaced about six months ago. Could the problem be with the replaced front...

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Item Part Number Description 1 26460 Rear Door Latch Push Button Rod 2 26414 Rear Door Latch Bellcrank Link 3 26412 Rear Door Latch Assembly 4 N805653-S100 Screw (3 Req'd Each Side) 5 26594 Rear Door Latch Actuator 6 W701566-S417 Rivet 7 377934-S Grommet 8 391208-S Bumper 9 26408 Rear Door Latch Remote Control Link 10 21818 Front Door Latch Remote Control and Link 11 388047-S102 Rivet 12 26448 Rear Door Latch Bellcrank Assembly 13 56912-S2 Screw (2 Req'd Each Side)

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