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keyless entry code and tonneau latches.

pmcd

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2003 sport trac
Finally got my dark blue 2003 Sport Trac today. One minor issue I hope someone can assist with.

The latches on my hard tonneau cover are sticky.I WD-40'd the latches them selves, but I believe the issue is the the cables are sticky in their housings, as if I manually extend them the latches will stay closed, but one I unlock via the key, the cables don't let the pawls extend all the way, so the latches won't latch. I was going to remove the whole latch assy to lube the cable, , but when I started on the second bolt, I could see that the nut plate would drop inside the cover when the bolt came loose. Then I tried to remove the "reel" from the lock cylinder, but can't figure that out either. Ideas?

Thanks in advance.

Paul
 
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Some have tried brake cleaner sprayed into the cables. I would try something like "Break-Free" (used on guns) or "Dri-Slide" for lubrication. For maximum penetration into the cable outer housings, you could take the top off, spray the cables one at a time and rotate the cover on its edge so that gravity would help draw in the cleaner/lubrication.
 
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Thanks, that will be my next step, as just cleaning/lubing the latches themselves has helped, but but hasn't totally eliminated the issue.
 
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