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Old 01-28-2016, 11:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy defective door latches

I have a 2010 ses focus really nice car. Now here it comes 4 out of 4 door latches have self distructed the two rear doors can not be opened from inside or out. Replaced the drivers door latch at a cost of $150.00 from ford. Tried to fix the old one but its all plastic inside and impossible to get back together. Any help would be appeciated.


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Old 01-29-2016, 03:43 AM   #2
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I do it on the earlier ones but you have to drill and tap rivet posts for screws as the rivet heads have to be ground off to open them up. I bought one assembly before rebuilding all mine myself. The '00 and '02 models, so they've been making crap for a lotta years there haven't they?

The parts are intentionally designed to make you destroy them to get them apart.

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not so much the rivets as the metal part was formed around the plastic parts. This makes so you have to bend the plastic to get it together then all the other pieces inside fall out of position and u have to start over again. As mentioned in a previous post I have a 1931 model A coupe 85 years old not only do the door latches still work but if they mess up. YOU CAN FIX THEM.
I guess time of repairing is gone for good and the time of remove and replace is here. Like a bic lighter use it up throw it away instead of refueling u zippo
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LOL, I refill my cheap Chinese long reach lighters now. Same mini butane refill tank as used on a mini torch. I refill my propane torch tanks as well but you have to be very careful doing so.

The metal part around the plastic of latch? Easily bent back in place but then I haven't seen the later ones. They always work to make it harder.

Time of repairing gone for good? This week it's rad fan motors for me. Never took them apart before, means nothing. Got them apart and rebuilding them now. Piece of cake it appears so far.

One important note on that.............whatever you do DON'T blow them out in a confined area, possibly as bad as breathing asbestos dust. I did one and breathed some of the carbon/copper dust in and a bad mistake. Instant flushing of all sinus and almost pneumonia like symptoms in a couple minutes. DON'T DO IT!!!!! The second one I blew out into an exhaust fan ducted outside and no problem. 3 days later though and still feeling some slight effect from the one, I pass the info on to others..............a LOT more dust in there than you think.

Signed stupid old man...................
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It's not an excuse for Ford to make crappy replacement parts, but those older door latches pop open in an accident reducing body integrity. That might be a reason why they want you to replace rather than repair those parts. Car companies get sued or blamed for floor mats causing accidents now.

Factory replacements typically want you to use rivets again, have you explored aftermarket parts?

I found what I think you're referring to on RockAuto for $48.79 + shipping. Dorman makes them. Check RockAuto.com, pick your car, Body>Door Lock Actuator

It has pictures of the part, that's why I think it's what we're calling a latch. I don't know why Ford names it what they do. I grease mine yearly- in winter, although I'm lazy and don't do it until there's going to be a freeze.
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The older door latches are fine as long as they are properly latched and fully. That is the problem though, the cheap control parts on top of them stop that. Like the microswitch setup used there. They can fault super easy as the waterproofing is only a few thousandths thick, then the latch goes into a repeat lock/unlock over and over like a machine gun. A link being off by only maybe .010" can do it as well, the tolerances used there suck.

The screws used in place of rivets are much stronger than the rivets are themselves as the rivet heads can pull easily right through the plastic they are impressed against. I use washer under the screw to increase that area by like 200%. You will find no aftermarket rivets covering that app as they are multistepped multiple diameter parts that are made for the latch only. They also serve as axles for like several links inside latch.

I've found that Dorman parts while making wild claims about improvements over the OEM parts are often just as flawed as they are and often of substandard design too. After selling Dorman for years I try like hell not to buy anything they sell. Why they are so cheap, the quality is, well, there is none.

You can't get to much of the inside locking mechanism with any sort of spray-in product as there are two other compartments inside that are isolated from any entry.
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