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how to get the rear drivers door open

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by dream102271, May 14, 2011.

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  1. dream102271

    dream102271 New Member

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    i was hoping that someone can tell me how to get the rear door on my 97 explorer open i have gotten the rear panel off and tried to manually open it to no avail is there some trick to getting it open
     
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  3. Spdrcer34

    Spdrcer34 Well-Known Member

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    Any backround info you can give us on why it's locked shut?

    Was there any lock/latch work done recently? Was the claw 1/2 closed, and then the door was shut?

    Or did this just stop working one day....

    Ryan
     
  4. dream102271

    dream102271 New Member

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    we bought the explorer used and the door was like that when we bought it so i have no idea what was done i was hoping to fix it without having to take it to a shop
     
  5. skloczko

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    Same issue, looking at it now - ever figure yours out?
     
  6. ucluglee

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    I had a similar issue. What I had to do was roll the window down and while trying to open the door from the outside, reach in and manually lock and unlock the door at the same time. It turned out the linkages in the door from the handle and the lock were rubbing each other and preventing the door handle linkage from opening the door. A well placed spring in the door now keeps the two linkages separate and the door works perfectly.
     

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