My dad put around 120,000 miles on it before I got it, but they are all highway miles so the truck still runs like a champ. Only way I could pull down enough to release was through the hole just left of the opening for the mech. Take the screws out of the rear side window first. Also included images of the tools needed-Good Luck! I did my research online and the numbers given for trade and negotiation were fair. I just ordered the part from Ford, the cable and top latch come as one part. Full review on their google plus page. Had to kick it hard and several times.
My wife and I took it for a test drive and really liked the truck. It's a lot of money! She's never left me stranded and I've never had a single issue with her, probably the most reliable vehicle my dad or I have ever owned. If you can get the door panel loose and pulled away from the door you should be able to reach in and release the latches so you can open it, to work on it. It freezes up due to under use. Maybe that explains the price. Remove the screws and lift up on the bottom panel. I told him to bring the papers and a pen.
The panel will pop off if you gently pry with a flatbar. The price was very good for the low mileage. Did they know, simply ignore it or conceal it? I would not trust these people. The problem is the bottom latch. Mine were both broken and I am in the process of fixing them.
Remove the interior door panel this can be done with the door closed. Apr 14, 2009 You can get the panel off with the door closed. Truly unbelievable how the Pierson Ford handled this. Hope this helps, let me know Posted on Dec 10, 2009 it sounds like the cable from the handle to the top latch is broke. I believe I was intentionally deceived. Mar 21, 2009 You will have to open it from the inside-Yes, I have done it and it takes about 15 min. When I declined he told me I had to sign a lot of paperwork releasing Zeigler from liability.
. It should release and you can replace the door latch assembly. I called the next day and started making arrangements for the purchase with a trade-in. The top portion is only connected with some clips inside the panel. Oct 05, 2008 Sounds like the actuator rods have popped loose from the handle or the latch mechanism. Once the door is open, it's easy to see what happening, most likely the cable is stretched out too much. The only way I could get mine open to fix it was to pull the door handle and get inside the cab and kick the door at the bottom at the same time as pulling the handle to get the latch to let loose.
The only time I felt raked over the coals was at the close where the sales manager tried to get me to purchase extended warranty insurance. They do make a tool for taking panels off, but you can do it with a stiff putty knife. Find the cable that goes to the top latch and pull it. I just took mine off because of the same problem. . .
. . . . . . .
. . . . . . .