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Hi, I am John Mc, a Ford dealer tech. I hope I can help you quickly and accurately. One moment while I work on your problem.
This is actually pretty common and easy to do. Look on the latch and find the cable that should go to the back side of the latch. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and get it to release from the latch. This can be a pain. Once loose pull on the cable and the top latch will come loose. Now you will need to replace the upper latch and cable assembly. Repeat for the other side!
Sorry, not the latch but the control.
Wrong with the words and my typing gets ahead of me sometimes.
so i have to remove the bottom trim to get tp the door handle? Is there any way I can stick a screwdriver of something into the top latch to release it? The bottom latch releases so if I could get the top one to release I could open the door & work on it a lot better than having to crawl inside & try to get the bottom trim off!
Nope, you have to get the door trim off. Pretty easy to get this trim off on this model other then getting in the back seat :)
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So ....you think the problem is the cable is loose at the door handle thats in the middle of the door & not at the top latch?
Yes, the cable end breaks right at the control. Replace many of these over the years.
The cable and the latch come as one piece from a dealer, very easy to install once the door is open.
I'll try to get to it.....but one more question.........how do I connect the cable from the new latch that runs up to the top lock?
It goes right through the door. Once the door is open there are two or three screws holding it in. Then you just pull the latch and cable out. It goes right back in.
I don't quite understand how the latch & cable could pull out together-----unless theres another cable running to the top lock?
Yes, there is a seperate cable just for the top latch. It goes from the control to the top.
There is a second cable and latch for the bottom.
Ok..........last question.......can i disable the top lock completely once I get the door open so i don't have to worry with it any more?
Never done that. It will still latch on the bottom so I guess but you may have some wind noise because the top won't shut tight.
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Thank you Sir......................John