2001 Ford Explorer Locks

Tiny
KBOLDEN20
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  • 2001 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 108,500 MILES
The driver side lock won't unlock when I lock the car. To unlock it you have to fo thru the passenger door and pull the handle to pop the door open. I believe something needs to be adjusted or replace.

How would I go about doing this?
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Monday, December 7th, 2009 AT 4:50 PM

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Tiny
RICKMAR
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You could possibly be having a problem with the power door lock "Actuator #4 in the picture below.
The rivet #2 is well known to fall out.
If the rivet is still attached you will see the head of it on the lower side interior of your drivers door. (Look at the information lables on the side of the door) that is the side of the door you want to be looking, about three quarters of the way down.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/433905_Front_Door_Mechanism_1.jpg



Hopefully it is still there holding your power door lock actuator#4 in place. If it is not there you will need to secure it, I have instructions for that if needed, it is a little bit if a P.I.T.A. to do.

Next check out the interior mechanism's.
Remove the two Philips head screws just above the inside door handle indicated with arrows.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/433905_door_handle_1_2.jpg


Once the two screws are removed pull the edge of the door panel indicated by the arrows toward you as pictured below. (**Tip #1 - start at the "lower corner" **) the panel is held on by small plastic expansion hold downs. Once you get it started it will become increasingly easier to release. If you break any of the white plastic panel hold downs, you can get them at any hardware store in the auto section.
Often you can just reinsert them in there holding location on the panel.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/433905_door_panel_1_3.jpg



Having the window "Down" makes it easier to release the top. Grip it with your fingers and pull up.
Be careful when you completely release the door panel. There are wires leading to the controls.
Finally, pull on the handle and see if "all" the parts to the mechanism work... (**Tip #2 -The passengers side door panel detaches the same way if you want to compare the actions of the mechanism).

When you checked the rivet in the beginning... If it is not there, nothing is securing the actuator and it needs securing. Get back to me and I will give you instructions of how to secure the power door lock actuator.

Good Luck;
Rick
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Monday, December 7th, 2009 AT 10:40 PM
Tiny
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Hello again,

I have checked the door and the actuator needs to be secured. Can you tell me how this is done.

Thanks
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Sunday, February 7th, 2010 AT 8:26 AM

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