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06-13-04, 05:56 PM   #1  
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Escort door won't open

I have a 200 Escort 4-door with electric locks. The front passenger door will not unlock manually or with key/keyless. I can see the lock moving slightly but not enough to unlock. So all front passengers must crawl over to driver's side to exit. Dealer said they would have to rip panel to get to mechanism. Anyone have a "better idea"?

 
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06-13-04, 06:11 PM   #2  
A better idea would be to remove the panel without ripping it. If the lock won't operate manually, and you can see movement, the problem is mechanical - bent rod, or one of the plastic keepers the rod locks into is broken or loose. Either way, the panel comes off to repair....

 
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06-14-04, 11:18 PM   #3  
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Is that possible with the door remaining closed? Sorry if that is a stupid question, just thought that it might have screws or bolts that would not be accessible.

 
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06-15-04, 02:19 PM   #4  
Yeah, you'll likely have to get the door opened to remove the panel completely. Access to a slim-jim would probably do it. Is this a sliding type lock? I can't picture it in my head. Sometimes the lock buttons will have their own small covers that you can take off and at least gain access to the rod.

 
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06-15-04, 03:58 PM   #5  
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It's just a regular plunger-type lock. Might I be able to possibly pull the panel back far enough to see what's going on?

 
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06-15-04, 04:46 PM   #6  
If it's a plunger type, I'd definitely try to get my hands on a slim-jim and go that route.

 
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06-15-04, 09:34 PM   #7  
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I'll have to look around. Police and towtruck operators are the only ones around here that have slim jims.

 
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06-16-04, 03:30 AM   #8  
Even if you have to call a tow truck, the cost on that will be a fraction of the labor charge to R&R that door panel.

 
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06-16-04, 11:01 PM   #9  
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Thanks! I think I'll go that route. Cheaper and quicker.

 
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07-12-04, 10:30 PM   #10  
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OK, time for an update. Received a slim jim and used it to try to open the door. I'm doing it correctly because I can see the plunger come up slightly. Door still will not open. I can open the driver-side door with no problem. Time to rip the panel off yet?

 
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07-13-04, 05:42 AM   #11  
Yes, it's time to pull the panel.

 
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07-13-04, 06:53 AM   #12  
Yep, panel time.

 
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07-14-04, 10:39 PM   #13  
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Drat! I was hoping you wouldn't say that.

 
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07-15-04, 04:07 PM   #14  
is it too late

Is it too late did you rip panel off yet?If not is the lock button on top or on the inside pnl by the indide handle.If on top maybe a vise grip to help pull it up.The most damage you can do is to the plastic chrome screw on piece.

 
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07-17-04, 12:18 AM   #15  
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Haven't ripped it yet. Button is on the top. Vise grips, huh? Why not? I'll give it a try!

 
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07-19-04, 09:53 PM   #16  
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OK, tried them. No good, door srill won't open. I'm starting to wonder... could it be the door-mechanism itself instead of the lock? In other words, the door is unlocked but the actual opening mechanism is somehow fried.

 
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07-20-04, 05:57 AM   #17  
The only way to tell for sure is to get into the door ie. remove the panel.
A linkage rod could have failed or disconnected, a rivet may have snapped, a pressed fitting may have let loose, or a foreign object got into the door cavity and jammed it ( doubtful ).

 
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07-21-04, 06:01 PM   #18  
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i had the same problem

Hey, I had the same problem with my 90 Camry. Passenger side front door wouldn't unlock manually or with key. I tried to pull up on the lock/unlock handle but it seemed stuck. Wouldn't open with the key also. Couldn't take off the door panel and didn't want to rip it apart, so I carefully removed the black trim next to the window(with the window down). There was a big enough crack to peek inside. Somehow, the door handle mechanism was stuck. I pushed it back down, and things were working normally again. But then when I tried to open the door from the outside with the door locked, the lock/unlock handle was stuck again. I sprayed some WD40 unto the mechanism that moves when you lift the handle on the outside of the car. After that, it works all fine and dandy now. No more problems. I guess you might have to look at yours to see if it is getting stuck too. It's like trying to unlock your door while raising the handle(that opens the door) outside the car...it won't unlock. You can try with any other door. Raise the handle and try to unlock the door...it won't. Let me know if this works for you too.

 
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07-21-04, 10:20 PM   #19  
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Did the door open from the inside, or was it stuck inside and out?

 
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