1994 Ford Explorer rear hatch door lock-manual type

Tiny
ALFARON
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  • 1994 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 123,000 MILES
The little rod that connects the lock to the rods that open the latches has become disconnected from the lock mechanism. After a difficult time getting tyhe panel off, I see that the rod is just hanging there and see no place on the lock tumbler mechanism where it can go. Looks like there should be a cap or clip on part of lock that turns, but nothing there looks like a place to fit the rod into. HELP, please.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 10:58 AM

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Tiny
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Hello -

Well - for some reason the manual does not have ANY parts pics on that area to include panel removal or anything.........lets see what we can do though.

One - you can stop by the dealer and have them print out the parts brake down for that area and see if it is missing anything.

Most of the time those little rods - the 90 degree part - slides up into a plastic clip and it snaps into it and holds it in place.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture4_1.png



Some of the clips - the rod slides up into the plastic - the end part rotates freely and there is a "C" shaped clip (the red arrow) that snaps farther down on the rod to hold in place.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture3_1.png



Look around and see if that clip has broken off - check with parts department to see if it is there.

Hold the rod to it's extension and see what it should reach......it should snap into place at some point

Have someone turn the key in the lock to see the mechanism move - that should show you where the rod should connect as it must be pushed or pulled to trip the lock.

Does any of this help at all?
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 2:28 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

Also, while I have you, I realize your vehicle is a 1994, but it is possible that you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture5_8.jpg


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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 AT 2:31 PM

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