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Mondeo 2003, passenger door was playing up now not work at

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mondeo 2003, passenger door was playing up now not work at all manually or electronicly , perminently locked . how can i manually open it? Many Thanks
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Customer: door perminently locked cant open
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Customer: yes
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Customer: i cant get the door panel off to access the solenoid or lock as the door is locked
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Car
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

Unless there was a door or striker adjustment issue, the handles move with no resistance (indicating a linkage issue) or something foreign was closed in the door, you have a failed latch.

What will need to be done is remove the door panel to access the latch and linkage. This is obviously inconvenient with the door closed but should be possible, in rare cases you do have to salvage the door panel.

Once the panel is off then you'll need to inspect the linkage, and if ok then the latch can be condemned. It would need to be broken up/dismantled until the pawl can be reached to move it manually and open the door, and then the latch can be removed.