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09-18-2006 07:44 AM
WuNgUnSVT WD40 isn't really a lubricant...I think it's more of a temporary fix. But I'd use it first to displace any moisture, then lube the latch with a quality lithium based spray lube.
09-17-2006 02:09 PM
SkaAddict I had this happen to me last winter (and now my passenger door is starting to show signs of it as well), all I did was pop out the inner panel and sprayed the latch on the inside of the door with some WD-40 and then pushed it with a screwdriver until it started to move on its own. I was to the point where I'd leave my window down enough that I could reach inside and pull on the latch...definite pain-in-the-ass when this happens.
09-17-2006 09:26 AM
KAG DJ Lukdogg - Thanks for posting the info.
09-16-2006 08:36 AM
WuNgUnSVT
Quote:
Originally posted by penguin
"need to be lubed every year to avoid any problems..."

Are you talking about the stuff inside that requires removal of the door panel, or just to stuff that can be reached where the door latches?
Yes, you have to pull the inner door skin off to get to it...
It's basically cause by the failure of the mechanism to fully return to the home position...and worse yet, the mechanism is designed in such a way that the outer handle is single action, meaning it will pull the latch, de-activating the retaining hook, but it can not return it back to it's normal position...it relies on a spring to do so.
You'll probably notice some 'play' in your outer handle when this is occuring...
And it worse cases, the door won't latch shut properly, leaving it open...
09-15-2006 06:10 PM
SlammedZX3WI
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Originally posted by CowboyCasper
Pop off the interior door panel, and tighten all of the internal screws, then lube with a silicone based spray lube.

I had a similar problem with my passenger side door handle. The insides just came loose.
And this has worked for you???

I sprayed some PB Blaster an then a normal lube....and the drivers side door works now, but the pass. is f'ed!
09-15-2006 02:57 AM
penguin "need to be lubed every year to avoid any problems..."

Are you talking about the stuff inside that requires removal of the door panel, or just to stuff that can be reached where the door latches?
09-14-2006 06:17 PM
WuNgUnSVT It's my belief that the interior door handle mechanics need to be lubed every year to avoid any problems...
09-14-2006 05:47 PM
DJ Lukdogg TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers

SUBJECT: Safety Recall 05S27: Supplement #2
Certain 2000 - 2005 Model Year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door Vehicles Originally Sold In, Or Currently Registered In Corrosion States
Rear Door Latch Corrosion


REASON FOR THIS SUPPLEMENT

This bulletin is being re-issued with the following revisions:

The population of affected vehicles is being expanded to include certain 2003 through 2005 MY vehicles.
Some of the affected 2005 vehicles had the lower rear door seal installed during production. This safety recall still needs to be performed but it is not necessary to install a new lower door seal if one was installed in production.
AFFECTED VEHICLES


All 2000 - 2002 model year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Wayne Assembly Plant and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion states.
All 2002 model year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion states.
All 2003 - 2004 and certain 2005 built through January 26, 2005, Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Hermosillo and Wayne assembly plants and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion States.
The affected vehicles were originally sold in, or currently registered in, the following states and Canadian Provinces:



US States: Connecticut
Maryland
New York

Delaware
Massachusetts
Ohio

District of Columbia
Michigan
Pennsylvania

Illinois
Minnesota
Rhode Island

Indiana
Missouri
Vermont

Iowa
New Hampshire
West Virginia

Maine
New Jersey
Wisconsin




Canadian Provinces: New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland
Ontario
Quebec


Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS. In addition, for a list of vehicles assigned to your dealership, visit https://web.fsavinlists.dealerconnection.com. This information will be available on November 9, 2005.

REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL

All rear door latches on 2000-2004 and some rear door latches on 2005 model year 4-door, 4-door wagon, and 5-door Ford Focus vehicles in recognized high corrosion areas of North America may experience corrosion in the pawl pivot area preventing proper engagement of the pawl into the catch. The customer may experience difficulty closing the rear door that may eventually progress to a point where the rear door may not latch properly. If not latched properly, the door may open while driving.

SERVICE ACTION

At no charge to the vehicle owner, dealers are to inspect, clean, and lubricate the rear door latches, install a lower rear door seal and informational label to the rear doors on all the affected vehicles. As a courtesy maintenance, dealers will also clean and lubricate the front door latches even though the front door latches are not part of this recall.

Note: Some 2005 MY vehicles were built with the door seal. Do not remove the existing door seal but do complete the rest of the service procedure.

If a rear door latch does not pass the prescribed inspection procedure as outlined in Attachment III, it will be replaced. A replacement latch must still have the cleaning and lubrication procedure performed using the approved Door Latch Repair Kit.

This recall must be performed on all of the affected vehicles in your new inventory as well as vehicles that have been delivered to customers.

PLEASE NOTE:

Federal law requires dealers to complete any outstanding safety recall service before a new vehicle is delivered to the buyer or lessee. Violation of this requirement by a dealer could result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per vehicle. Correct all vehicles in your new vehicle inventory before delivery
09-14-2006 05:45 PM
Duffman355 there is no recall on door handles, but over time, many focus owners do experience some type of trouble with their door handles.
09-14-2006 05:09 PM
CowboyCasper Pop off the interior door panel, and tighten all of the internal screws, then lube with a silicone based spray lube.

I had a similar problem with my passenger side door handle. The insides just came loose.
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