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Have a 59 plate focus estate (Mk2 facelift). The drivers side rear door is stuck in the closed position and wont lock/unlock with key fob/handle on outside/handle on inside.

The door lock switch (the one by the door release handle on the inside) is in the closed/locked position - (I.e pushed INWARDS)

When you're in the car and push in/pull-out the locking switch on the drivers door the switch on the stuck rear door TRIES to move (only by a few mm - but it certainly does move) but doesn't open fully.

The other half says it's done this a few times but then randomly sorted itself. Now seems like it wont unsort itself and car will be failing it's MOT today as a result. :(

Help please. Fingers crossed something simple.
 

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Have a 59 plate focus estate (Mk2 facelift). The drivers side rear door is stuck in the closed position and wont lock/unlock with key fob/handle on outside/handle on inside.

The door lock switch (the one by the door release handle on the inside) is in the closed/locked position - (I.e pushed INWARDS)

When you're in the car and push in/pull-out the locking switch on the drivers door the switch on the stuck rear door TRIES to move (only by a few mm - but it certainly does move) but doesn't open fully.

The other half says it's done this a few times but then randomly sorted itself. Now seems like it wont unsort itself and car will be failing it's MOT today as a result. ?

Help please. Fingers crossed something simple.
Not an easy task .Remove inside door handle and release lever. Remove quarter trim and fold the bottom of the seat forward. You need to access the screws on the back and bottom of the door. Once you remove the screws you can pull the door panel out far enough to reach in and manually activate the door latch.
 

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Something tells me this is more of the MK 1 door latch design self choking on itself again. If so then even fixed will have it likely doing it again. Children in back seat almost guarantee it.

'When you're in the car and push in/pull-out the locking switch on the drivers door the switch on the stuck rear door TRIES to move (only by a few mm - but it certainly does move) but doesn't open fully.'

Yes. If the switch lever at that time has a springy feel to it not normally there you are likely there.

The cause is that the latch seizes up when the door is both locked and unlocked at the exact same time, it's a latch design fault. Been there more than once and you must teach whoever does it to not be around the locking switch lever at the same time the door handle is opened. I had to teach myself that on mine after doing it twice, the second time I realized what I was doing to stop it.............no more problems ever.

In my case I was palming the lock switch to move partly on as I was levering the door handle open, the palming came from gaining leverage on lock to open the door handle.

I can give a method to likely make the door unlock and go back to working right until somebody does it again if wanted.
 

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Something tells me this is more of the MK 1 door latch design self choking on itself again. If so then even fixed will have it likely doing it again. Children in back seat almost guarantee it.

'When you're in the car and push in/pull-out the locking switch on the drivers door the switch on the stuck rear door TRIES to move (only by a few mm - but it certainly does move) but doesn't open fully.'

Yes. If the switch lever at that time has a springy feel to it not normally there you are likely there.

The cause is that the latch seizes up when the door is both locked and unlocked at the exact same time, it's a latch design fault. Been there more than once and you must teach whoever does it to not be around the locking switch lever at the same time the door handle is opened. I had to teach myself that on mine after doing it twice, the second time I realized what I was doing to stop it.............no more problems ever.

In my case I was palming the lock switch to move partly on as I was levering the door handle open, the palming came from gaining leverage on lock to open the door handle.

I can give a method to likely make the door unlock and go back to working right until somebody does it again if wanted.
- I *THINK* the problem might be happening when I try to unlock the car and the kids pull on the handles at the same time.
If you could let me know how to unlock it and get it working again that would be *GREAT*.

Thank you. :)
 

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No need to remove the door panel if the door handle itself can be removed to get to the cable end. Remove the cable end from the handle and taking like small visegrips to get a good hold and lock then grab and lock on the cable itself (not the outer housing) and begin to work the cable backwards and BACK INTO the cable outer housing DEEPER. Do NOT try to pull it out more, that makes it worse. At some point the jam will come undone but it can take messing with it a few minutes. Door will then go back to working correctly.

X2, the kids hitting the lock (while pulling the handle) at same time you unlock up front will definitely do the same thing, if it is that error anyway. I had to fix mine like 3 times before I got smart enough to quit messing it up. The actual problem is in the latch assembly not the cable.
 
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