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Old 11-09-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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How do I lubricate door locks/handles?

It seems harder to open my doors than it should. And the electronic locks sounds like they're working harder than the should. How do I lubricate the door locks/handles? Do I have to open up the door panels to get at internal mechanisms?


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Old 11-09-2010, 08:54 AM   #2
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It seems harder to open my doors than it should. And the electronic locks sounds like they're working harder than the should. How do I lubricate the door locks/handles? Do I have to open up the door panels to get at internal mechanisms?
i have this same problem, without the locks though, i dont have power locks. but i have to jerk my friggin door likes it about to fall off to get it to open, tips would be appriciated!!
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:56 AM   #3
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I am working on this right now, its not fun. I don't know if there is anything you can lubricate without fully dissasebling the door and pulling the locking mechanism out. My door specifically was hard to open from the outside (I had to snap the handle to get it open)

I pulled out the insides and re-adjusted the opening pole (you can spin this clockwise or counterclockwise for adjustment) and I wd40'd the whole thing and cleaned it. I will let you know how it works as I have to order a new clip but my locking mechanism could also be shot.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:15 AM   #4
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I wd40'd the whole thing and cleaned it. I will let you know how it works as I have to order a new clip but my locking mechanism could also be shot.
Big time boo boo there bub. You will discover that WD40 thins/dissolves factory installed grease and should not be used on latches, lock cylinders, or other parts that require contact lubrication. It will drain off, it will remove grease and graphite, and you will have problems.

I know, I spent about 2 hours yanking on an unlocked 60 Valiant door after I put WD40 on it to lube it.

Use lithium spray grease. Read the directions. For example, you have a squeaky door hinge. WD40 it. A week later it squeaks again. Same hinge, this time use lithium spray grease. It might start squeaking again in a year. WD40 has it's uses, but should not be used where long term contact lube is required. It is a short term lube.
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Use a silicone lubricant. Or just grease it. You can greasy the part that is accessable without taking it apart and that will solve the hard door open. Grease the metal pole like thing on the car itself and the latches on the door. Fixed my problem 2 years ago by doing that. Haven't had a problem since
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I just used the wd40 to clean it out I will try the spray grease when I reassemble it. My problem was not a grease problem, my outside handle wasn't pulling the pole far enough to open the latch which is why I had to readjust it.
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I had (have?) this issue and had Ford look at it under warranty. Basically, all they did was remove the inner door panels and lubed them up with silicon spray. It helped a bit, but there still somewhat tough.
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I just used the wd40 to clean it out I will try the spray grease when I reassemble it. My problem was not a grease problem, my outside handle wasn't pulling the pole far enough to open the latch which is why I had to readjust it.
Fascinating. I didn't know there were adjustments- only clips that could break. Good deal that you got it.
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My problem was not a grease problem, my outside handle wasn't pulling the pole far enough to open the latch which is why I had to readjust it.
I don't suppose you snapped a pic of this "pole" so the rest of us might know how to adjust it?
Silicone spray works pretty good for me too, but it does seem like I have to pull the handle out further than I used to when it was newer.
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Does anyone else find it funny that WD40 answered this question? I agree with why not, spray lithium grease is good stuff here. Once every spring
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