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Old 06-27-2010, 03:01 PM   #11
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Ah well, never hurts to try - spray penetrating grease for general maint. is the ticket - WD-40 as you tried to free up something that's already not working well.

Sometimes the problem with not locking is that it isn't fully latching, preventing the lock mechanism from working - normal operation as it won't lock when not fully latched...

So lubing then cycling mechanism by opening and closing a number of times would be the trick to be sure the "simple" fix isn't all you need.

Sounds like your problem is deeper, but this works for some with less of a problem..

(system's messing up again, hope this doesn't result in a double post..)
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Old 06-27-2010, 06:29 PM   #12
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:37 PM   #13
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I have an '05 ZX5 and the first time the lock didn't work, the dealer said it was a TSB issue and fixed it. About a year later, out of warranty I had to buy the lock mechanism (rear passenger side) and the dealer charged me over $300 to install it. Now about 18 months later, the door lock is not working again. This time I suspect the tech damaged the electrical connector and the connection is intermittent. I can't afford to get it fixed again. With all the other problems I have with this car (idle solenoid, alternator, etc.) this will be the last Focus I ever see.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:44 PM   #14
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It's known problem. I just replaced the latch assy on th RR door of my ZX5 (been broken for 5yrs).

To get the door to lock manualy first use the power unlock, then manualy press the lock for the faulty door. Then use the power lock to lock the other doors.
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ah1F39, thanks. I will give it a try but I seem to remember the inside lock button wouldn't budge. It was a shock to learn that when you're out shopping and think your doors are locked, the rear door isn't (locked). Now my wife refuses to leave anything of value in the car.

I'll go back and recheck, in the meantime thanks again for the tip.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:19 PM   #16
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thanks a billion Sailor: your spray solution worked great for me! :)

[QUOTE=sailor;3326611]Ah well, never hurts to try - spray penetrating grease for general maint. is the ticket - WD-40 as you tried to free up something that's already not working well.
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i felt really frustrated to go and pay a lot for a repair that i wasn't sure at all if it was necessary in the first place! not quite in the mood to open the door's inner cover and try doing something myself either although i am capable of doing it ...

so i thought i'd go online to find help in the virtual world and then i read Sailor's message here, which made me think twice before moving with those other solutions. and it's worked great for me so far!

at first i did try to lock/unlock the doors multiple times while manually tampering a little with the latches too. i also tried the little white colored plastic 'kids safety lock' knob thing that's there close to the latches too but it didn't help really, so i tried lubing it as per Sailor's suggestion. this action didn't show any results at first but i knew i had to leave the lube there for a while to work its way through ... (i think Sailor did mention that too, right?)

now, a couple of days later, today, the door (rear passenger, right) appears to be working fine just as in the past! i hope it won't go wrong again and many more thanks to Sailor for the great suggestion made here!

in case anyone is interested to know how and why that door's lock went out of order, it happened like this: my sister was sitting there once and as i stopped the car and wanted to activate the main unlock button at the driver's side, she also tried to open the door at the very same time: a perfect synchronization of both actions so to say, albeit quite accidentally! i'm not sure if the door did go bad right there and then but i'm sure it was fine before that ...

for the worth of it though, that's the trouble with overly automated mechanisms of this nature: they're not very reliable; also hard or impossible to repair and when repairable, very costly: this could cost me nearly 400 bucks if i wanted to get it done at the dealership!

at times like this, i highly recommend everybody to try the lube solution first before dismantling the door. it may save you a lot of costs and trouble indeed.

btw, the lube i tried is a mini can of spray i bought at a 99C Only store. it's not WD-40 exactly but it says it's a replacement. sounds like it's true.


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Old 12-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #17
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the RR door actuator failed last years and now it's the one on the RL door, damn crap...

I just removed the door trim and everything, Now just need to unscrew the 3 torx bolts and reconnect everything on the new one ? Right?

And, what's the torx size :S?

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failing door lock mechanism reparied easy!

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the RR door actuator failed last years and now it's the one on the RL door, damn crap...

I just removed the door trim and everything, Now just need to unscrew the 3 torx bolts and reconnect everything on the new one ? Right?

And, what's the torx size :S?

Thanks :)
hi dear friend

if your message / question here is directed at me, then i just have to apologize firstly if my own message was not clear on this particular issue! :)

anyway, i did not remove any screws nor did i open anything from that door! and that's the great part about my experience there as it means i didn't have to dismantle anything.

i just lubed the door's lock mechanism, the latch, from the outside, where it's visible when we open the door. that was all! and that's why i'm so happy as the entire operation did not take even a minute! :)

however, as mentioned in my original comment too, that solution did not seem to work at first, but when a day or so later i tried to open the door, thinking it was 'unlock' as before, it was now locked, meaning the lubing from the outside had just worked fine. happy! :)

that's why i thanked the person who had suggested this solution so much.

hope that can work fine for you too.

best and a happy new year for you and everybod

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