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Window and door lock problems!!

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by 96fordexplorer*, January 28, 2018.

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  1. 96fordexplorer*

    96fordexplorer* New Member

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    I recently bought a 1996 Ford Explorer and my 2 front windows won't go up or down. If I use the window switches they make noise like they're trying to work but they just won't move up or down. The other problem I have is only the driver side door lock wont go up or down when I lock or unlock the doors with the switches. all other door locks work. However, if I use the key it opens it. What are the steps to figure out what my problem is?
     
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  3. J_C

    J_C Well-Known Member

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    Take the door panel off and see if the window regulator is moving or you only hear sounds from the motor. If the regulator broke you may need a new one but if it's just the motor gears there are plastic pucks inside that can shear off. Dorman makes a "help" kit with replacement pucks, I think Autozone among others might sell it.

    Locks, look for broken linkage or springs. Compare the driver's side to the working passenger's side.
     
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  4. Spudhut

    Spudhut US Navy Submariner Elite Explorer

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    Just like @J_C said, I had the same issue; window motors spin, but the glass isnt moving. There was a clicking sound coming from the door panel....Good indicator the regulators are shot - time for new ones or hit up your local JY.
     
  5. koda2000

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    There are little bean/pill shaped things inside the driven gear. What happens is they wear out and then the motor can spin w/out moving the window. You used to be able to buy replacement beans in the HELP section of most auto parts stores, but as they're a Dorman product the quality is questionable. Dorman 747-409 gear and beans.

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  6. lobo411

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    The door lock switches not working is probably a broken wire in the wire bundle "accordion" between the door and the car body.
     






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