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Old 01-06-2013, 02:19 AM   #21
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Power Door Lock problem

No I guess they don't build them like they used to but being a Ford economy car I guess I should have expected something like this might happen. I just didn't think it would happen so soon. Everything is plastic. I guess that is how they keep costs low and the weight down. The downside of course is that plastic breaks much easier than metal. At least they could use high quality durable plastic on the high stress parts.
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It's not a Ford thing, you will find the same quality of sub components on much more expensive cars too.

Honestly, it sounds like you have soured on the car due to frustration over a small issue. All cars will have small issues, so maybe you would enjoy the piece of mind a warantee gives.
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The biggest obstacle to getting the parts out of the car as I see it is the rod that connect to the door handle. It hooks into the mechanism at the top (which of course is plastic) and then connects somehow to the latch mechanism at the bottom. There appears to be no easy, safe way to detach the rod without more dismantling inside the door. Yeah I would say its a PAIN alright. (at least without tons of patience, the right tools, lots of light, maybe a mechanically inclined buddy to help, and maybe a service manual) I would rather rebuild an engine than do this again!
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You really should get the service manual off ebay. 3020 pages just for the 2003 model year.

This job isn't hard, it just has a lot of steps that are not intuitive.

Not just what parts need to be removed, but how to get the pieces off
"push here, slide forward" that kind of thing.

You could buy the manual and download it immediately for $10
paperback book will cost about $100 used

There is no bonus prize for figuring it out by trial and error, just get the directions and be done with it.
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The biggest obstacle to getting the parts out of the car as I see it is the rod that connect to the door handle. It hooks into the mechanism at the top (which of course is plastic) and then connects somehow to the latch mechanism at the bottom. There appears to be no easy, safe way to detach the rod without more dismantling inside the door. Yeah I would say its a PAIN alright. (at least without tons of patience, the right tools, lots of light, maybe a mechanically inclined buddy to help, and maybe a service manual) I would rather rebuild an engine than do this again!
The procedure calls for removing the interior door latch, the exterior door handle, and the latch mechanism in the door that grabs the striker post.
To get the exterior handle off, there is an access grommet on the door, stuff like that is hard to guess.
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