It's the latest in a series of recalls over problematic door latches at Ford, now approaching nearly 4 million vehicles in total and costing several hundred million dollars. I pit it back into the slot and made a metal clip to keep it in place. After the cable is completely in the cable ferrule, push the black rubber sleeve into the ferrule as far as it will go. After drilling, however, both doors work well and I feel confident that I'll never have an issue again. You can do all of this from the back seat with the rear door closed. The bell-crank the cable pulls on was flopping in the breeze, the entire trigger mechanism was in the open position but the latch itself was frozen. Jan 12, 2012 Do not leave key in ignition while doing this! Remove the 4 mounting screws and pull the motor from the housing.
Alot of car manufacturers will not sell just the cables u have to buy latch and cable combo only. The top cable came loose, out of the slot that held it in place. Would they, the dealership replace the defective cable with original design defective ends of cable probably that's how the automotive industry makes money. When I removed the paneling, I still couldn't see inside the door to see if it might be a broken latch inside. You may need to file the slot opening to achieve a perfect fit between the bracket slot and the cable end.
By doing this on one door, both rear door locks freed up and the rear locks are now working. There was just a bit of friction that might allow the unit to function if only one cable end was being replaced. How do you take the door apart? Mar 01, 2015 Get inside the backseat remove two screws that hold the side window. The Medic You will have to pull the inner panel. I ordered these parts in case I needed them from descriptions of what sounded like my problem by others. What can I d besides grinding it off? Mine has been repaired for 8 months and had no trouble. Ford used no retainer on these handles and after prolonged use, they bend and the handle can be pulled off.
The kit is pretty affordable too! Before, both rear locks were stuck and you could not open the doors from the inside nor the outside. Spring clips hold the rods in place. The cable is redesigned with metal ends far superior to the crumbly end that it was originally designed with. Door would not open so I tried just pulling the cable to the side and making it a tighter pull. The latch may be hopefully just bound up. Hello, I've been a mechanic for many years and I've had hundreds of customers come into my shop complaining about broken Ford door cables and latches. As I needed to replace all 4 in each door, the friction from all 4 being replaced proved to be too much and the handle wouldn't move.
The Bellcrank in turn pulls down on another rod, which pulls down on a small lever in the door latch mechanism, to release the door latch. If the door feels like it's dragging when you open it, it is on it's way to becoming inoperable. All 8 have the same size head and in order to fix both rear doors, 2 of them have to have smaller heads to fit inside a hole in the top latch. The cables will outlast the latches now. Dec 15, 2010 Sounds like the door latch mechanism is worn out. Wouldn't do this with a ratchet as you'll end up with a handful of ratchet parts.
I was hoping it was easy like the front door panels. I just ordered the part from Ford, the cable and top latch come as one part. Now pry carefully the big plastic panel off the door. They have a design flaw, basically when you pull the handle it pushes a piece that pivots and in turn pushes a linkage rod downward that actuates the door latch, well that pivot point is the weak spot, the pin that it hinges on is too small and will break, I found the pivot piece and the linkage rod laying in the bottom of the door If you pull the door panel off their are 2 nuts holding the door handle on, take those off and the door handle will come off, the pivot pin is on then inside of the door handle, what I did was to drill a hole and put a small self tapping screw in to replace the pivot pin, and hold the pivot piece and linkage in place then put it all back through the door handle hole in the door, and set the linkage down in it's hole in the door latch assembly. The Inside Door Opening Control, The inside door handle is attached to it , to see if the locking part of it is functioning correctly. I utalize this third door for my family everyday, not being able to utalize the third door is becoming upsetting to us all.
Next push the black rubber sleeve of the cable into the ferrule, pushing it all the way in until it stops. Insert the cable ferrule into the latch mechanism and rotate 90 degrees with pliers to lock it in place 4 Before re-installing the latch assembly, attach the other end of the cable to the handle, and test that the latch works properly. Do not buy these unless you want to spend an hour and a half fixing one door. For some reason this fixed it. If you have already stripped it out sometimes the next size up bit will fit just enough to get the job done.
I still haven't replaced mine, the door rattles a bit, but it opens. If your interested I can add picture of the clip. Now you can see the whole mechanisim for the unlatch. Next your key push one time lock and hold unlock for 2-3 seconds or push the unlock twice. Then view how the spring clips come off of the rods, and the three screws come out of the door latch mechanism. If a part is needed, they may have it.
It worked the door opened. Gently pull the top plastic panel out all around and the panel will come out. You will need to shave off burrs on the cable ends since the new metal pieces will not slide on without some work. On my truck the problem was with the top cable going into the latch mechanisim. My face is now recognized at most of them, I have a very good repore at them. And will have you in, in a Jiffy.