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dawnrshng 07-25-2008 02:17 PM

Driver door not opening from outside
This is my newest problem. My driver door, as of about 2 hours ago, will not open from the outside. I can open it from the inside, no problem. All of my other doors open, no problem. I just can't seem to open my door from the outside... and yes, it is unlocked ;).

Any suggestions?

Thank you much!

Yocrew 07-25-2008 02:38 PM

I don't know either. But I have the same problem with my passenger door. I'd love to know what it is before I pull the door apart.

iminhell 07-25-2008 03:01 PM

It's the door handle itself. Do a search and you will find about 10,000 others who have had the same issue. Replace the door handle and problem solved, or you can pull the door apart (which you will have to do anyways) and clean it. Though that is just a temp fix, it will return at the most inopportune time.

If you need to get in, just push in on the door a little and pull the handle at the same time. Should open right up then. That's what I do because I am too lazy to fix mine.

loudfocus01 07-25-2008 03:23 PM

Mine does that sometimes too. It happens the most when its really hot out.
The focus handles are just a crappy design IMO. I've learned how to work with it so it doesn't stick.

dawnrshng 07-25-2008 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone for your really quick replies! I kind of figured it may be the door handle... it looked like it was heading south when I bought the car anyway. Are they easy to replace... for someone who knows nothing about cars?!

xaeniac 07-25-2008 07:34 PM

Hmm.... they are not the hardest things to take apart. Hopefully you have a haynes manual though because it does help and my suggestion is to take it apart and find out what's wrong first. Then depending on what you need either go to Ford and buy the part you need or go to a junk yard and buy the whole assembly if you can find it.

dawnrshng 07-30-2008 12:27 PM

Thank you for the help! Is this the part I need?

And do I need any other parts to go with this?

iminhell 07-30-2008 12:43 PM

That would be it, and I don't believe so.

... but I'm pretty sure Ford charges about the same for them, and Mike @Hilbish Ford is a site sponsor and does give some decent deals. Check his price also, call him though.

dawnrshng 07-30-2008 12:59 PM

Great, thanks! One think I should mention that I've noticed more lately is the inside handle seems a little harder to open... almost like something is stuck. Would this be a different part?

Rabbitccc 07-30-2008 02:42 PM

NOOOOOOOOO. Try spraying it down with WD-40. Mine was doing the same thing, and it just needed lubed up. I haven't had the problem since. I think I used WD-40. It may have been some other kind of lub though. Just take the inner door panel off. If that doesn't fix it then replace.

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