Front drivers side door wont open

Tiny
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  • 2001 FORD EXPLORER
  • 165,000 MILES
Drivers side door will not open neither inside or outside handle will open it? At first it wouldn't come unlocked not even by the key. Well we got one of them things cops use and got it unlocked but still wont open. Got the door panel off but cant get it opened.
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Sunday, October 30th, 2011 AT 11:31 PM

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Tiny
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The control linkage rods are probably held on by plastic swivel clips for ease of removal. These tend to break easily also with time. So you will see arms on latch assembly with holes where the rods go you will have to move those arms with a coat hanger or push or pull with tool to open door. You may be able to get replacement plastic clips at auto HELP section at auto stores.

Another scenario is your power lock motor froze up LOCKED and that is the cause of all this grief! In that case replacement/removal of lock motor is the solution.

You have knocked all the locking rods off with a slim Jim door closed at the striker. Can you see it with a flash light in side the rear of the door?If you cant get to the lock assy. To release from the striker. Your gonna have to call a mobile locksmith and get a price on opening it. When you get it open remove all panels. If their is any rear window channel remove it and you'll see the lock assy. The inside handle release operates on a back and forth switch. You'll see a lever with a spring that for outside handle and operates up and down.
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 6:23 PM
Tiny
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Well I got my friend to look at it and he was able to actuator the latch by using a small standard screwdriver. They I replaced the latch with a new one and the problem is fixed.

Here are the diagrams I used BELOW
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 6:28 PM
Tiny
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Glad you could get it fixed, that kind of problem can be tough. Please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help

Cheers
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 AT 6:54 PM

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