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Old 10-23-2009, 08:16 PM   #1
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Driver's door won't open!!

I can pull on the handle and it comes all the way out and stays out.

Im comfortable with taking off the panels and lookin & fixin. Has anyone had this problem, and how do i fix it?

Ive noticed my door handle has been acting a little funny lately with it not going down flush after opening the door, but it was only a minimal thing. it didnt stay out lol


can someone fix the title? I meant driver door wont open....im sure you can tell how stressed i am lol


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Old 10-23-2009, 08:24 PM   #2
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thanks to whoever fixed the title <3
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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There's the fix. No need to shout- there will be plenty of that later.

Are you able to open the door from either side of the door? If one side won't open, but the other will, then the problem is likely to be the rod that connects to the latch pull itself.

If it won't open from either side- you should start searching local junkyards for a correctly colored replacement panel now. Look at your passenger side to see what you're up against. You'll likely have to remove the driver's seat to get good access to the whole panel and make it easier to work on. That won't be any fun either, but take your time, think about it, and you can get it out without damaging it or anything else. You might have some luck if you're able to remove the trim on the pillar in the rear, but I don't think there's any way to save destroying the front side of the panel.

Once you get the panel off, then you should be able to tell what the problem is.
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it opens from the inside

im not sure what youre telling me to remove. I have a hatch not a sedan.. why remove the driver seat? and pillar trim?
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If it won't open from either side- you should start searching local junkyards for a correctly colored replacement panel now. Look at your passenger side to see what you're up against. You'll likely have to remove the driver's seat to get good access to the whole panel and make it easier to work on. That won't be any fun either, but take your time, think about it, and you can get it out without damaging it or anything else. You might have some luck if you're able to remove the trim on the pillar in the rear, but I don't think there's any way to save destroying the front side of the panel.
Well then, you can skip all the words after "If it won't open from either side"
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so i was lookin on the inside. it looks like that metal lever that connects to the rod doesnt go back up after the door opens.

like I can push it up and it feels fine opening it, but once I let go, the rod doesnt extend back up.

what can alleviate this?
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I haven't been inside a Focus door but assuming all the parts are there (I would be looking for some sort of missing return spring from your description) then lubricate all of the friction areas and see if that helps.

If you can see a hole or hook for a spring with no spring in it, or better yet, look for pieces of it in the inside bottom of the door, just get another to replace it and it should take care of you.
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If you guys experience this problem, go get some spray white lithium grease.

soak the crap out of the hinge that holds the rod. I even sprayed some on the inside of the door by where the latch is. then play with your door handle over and over

problem solved.
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I had this happen, would not open from outside but would open on the inside. what I did was I took the door apart from the inside and I looked at the outside door handle from the inside, saw that a plastic piece was missing from the linkage rod. so the rod would not stay in the hole on the opening mechanism. I later found the little plastic piece that goes on the linkage rod at the bottom of the door.
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I have been looking for a fix for when the door won't open from either side. My rear passenger's side door won't open at all and the automatic door lock does not move when all the other doors are locked or unlocked. I guess I am going to have to cut the panel off. I was hoping others had experienced this problem and found a better fix than cutting it off, but looks like I am SOL!
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