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2002 Ford Focus wagon.R.F.door lock (electric) jammed. Door

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2002 Ford Focus wagon.R.F.door lock (electric) jammed. Door will not open.Actuator need replacement? Can not even get door opened. Help!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

I'm assuming that you're unable to open the door from both inside and out, inwhich case a slim jim wouldn't help. A slim jim can sometimes be used to unlock a door when a key isn't present, but if you're able to unlock the door or try to open it from the inside then a slim jim wouldn't accomplish anything.

If the striker is out of adjustment, the door is out of adjustment or something foreign was closed in the door then it can cause issues with getting it open, but any of these things should have been apparent beforehand.

Almost certainly the latch has failed. If nothing was closed in the door, etc then what will need to be done is remove the door panel while the door is closed, gain access to the latch and ensure the linkage is intact. If ok then the latch will need to be broken up/dismantled until the pawl can be reached to open the door, and then replace the latch. It's obviously inconvenient to remove the door panel with the door closed but it's usually possible, at least enough to gain access to the latch.