2006 Ford Escape driver door locks with but does not unlock with transmitter (phob). Probable problem?

Asked by Jun 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM about the 2006 Ford Escape XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Check the battery in the key fob first. Easy to replace. If not the battery, try reprogramming it, check your owners manual, there is a detail procedure on how to program the remotes.

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For those of you who are experiencing a failure of the driver door to unlock with either the remotes OR the unlock button in the car, I have discovered a fix. Remove the center console and just pull it back away from the dash to expose the Smart Junction Box, the most obvious harness on the drivers side of the center is the one that has the wires for door lock/unlock, locate a pink wire with an orange stripe, this is the "all unlock" command wire, it will send positive power when unlock is pressed, now locate a red wire with an orange stripe, this is the "drivers unlock only" command wire, stripe back the insulation on the pink/orange wire, about 1/2 inch will do, then co to the red/orange and cut it somewhere near the place you just stripped off of the pink/orange, the end leading to the plug connector should be tucked away and not used, the end going down the harness can now be connected to the pink/orange wire securely and taped, put the console back together, that's it. you now will have all doors locking AND unlocking together but the drivers door will now unlock via remote or door button.

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Thomas you rock this has been an issue for me since I drained my battery 2 years ago.. I had replaced the door actuator already which did not fix it at a cost of $160 CAN and this fix cost me $0.


Thomas, These are the solutions that I am talking about! This was perfect. We just got a 2006 Mercury Mariner as a student car and the driver remote door lock was aggravating. Everyone else says it was the the door actuator or the Smart Junction Box, but your provided the zero cost solution. Did this and it works!

Thomas dude, i have the same exact problem in my 2006 escape i'll try this fix tomorrow morning. thank you very much Rick another dude

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