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Thanks for the question.
You are talking about the rear doors correct? They both will not open from the inside correct?
Open the rear doors and on the door latch area of the door, there will be a lever that you move up or down. Move it to the appropriate position to turn it on or off.
I should have phrased my question better because that is my issue. Those latches on the rear doors are not functioning. No matter which position I put them in the Child Locks remain engaged. I have to open the door from the outside to let my rear-seated passengers out of the vehicle.
Any other suggestions?
Ok, move the lever to the unlock position. Leave the door opened and watch the latch and the lever as you use the inside door opening handle. Do you see anything moving as far as the latch or the child lock lever? You may to do this several times. What I'm trying to do here is to figure out if it is the latch that is bad or the inside door handle that is broken. If you can see movement on the child lever and/or door latch mechanism, then more than likely the inside door handle is ok, and the door latch will need to be replaced. If you see no movement at all, replace the inside door handle.
What about taking the inside panel out and checking there? The thing is, I've seen this issue on other blogs (meaning other SportTrac owners have experienced this issue with child locks), but never a complete solution. This suggests to me it is the child lock, not the inside door handle.
I'll try your suggestion, but am out of town and won't be able to get to it until Friday. In the meantime, can you suggest what I might look for if I remove at least that panel surrounding the inside door handle?
The child lock is part of the latch assembly. That is why I was having you look at the latch when you move the inside door handle. If you see any movement in the latch and child lever then the inside door handle probably ok and the latch is needing to be replaced.
I am out of town and will check this and reply tomorrow. Thanks for your help.
Ok, remove the door panel to watch the rod from the interior door handle over to the door latch. We want to make sure that the rod didn't drop of bend, etc.
If the rod doesn't move, then you will need to replace the inside door handles. What happens sometimes is the teeth on the door handle strip. They are plastic.
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Let me know if you can see the pics ok.
Sorry about that. Try this.
Sorry, I don't have a real clear picture of that. But since you have the door panel off, look for the rod that goes from the inside door handle over to the door latch. When you pull on the inside door handle, the rod should push towards the latch mechanism. If it does not, you need a inside door handle. Those can be purchased at your local Ford dealer parts.
You are very welcome.