Repair hatch back door handle

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Asked by Aug 03, 2012 at 03:24 AM about the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought an '01 Explorer Sport. I tried to open the rear hatch door and the handle is in place, but
it doesn't have any type of resistance, hence broken. I took off the door panel to take a look inside. I
did this because the door ajar alarm and light go on and off while I'm driving.  The interior lights
remain on after I've powered down the vehicle and locked it.  I have to push on the driver side of the
hatch back door (with some force) to shut them off.  If I could get it open once, I can close it fully and
could care less if I ever have it open again as long as the door ajar alarm and lights don't send morse
code as I'm driving down the highway!  Suggestions? Web links?

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Also, there's no button in the glove box to open the rear door.

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There should be a rod linking the handle to the lock. There is a plastic nut on the back of the linkage clip holding this together and sometimes the nut comes loose, spinning the clip. You'll need to repair this. Try pulling on the rod to see if you can release the door. I suspect your locking latch is faulty as well if it won't close fully.

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