what do i have to do if the latch on my driver's side door won't let the door shut?


Asked by Aug 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM about the 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the door had trouble opening and now it won't close....i think the latch on the door is stuck or even broken and i'm wondering if it's possible to avoid goin to the dealership to fix it or if i have to take it to the dealership to fix it...

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If you are handy, go to the junkyard and pull one off a similar vehicle. It's not that hard and you'll see how to put it back together again. And you'll save a ton


how much would it cost (ballpark) if I couldn't get the part from a junkyard?

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My guesstamate is $55.00 - $75.00 From Ford. Junkyard $10.00 - $20.00


Then there is always ebay.


First thing to determine is what is broken. A vehicle your age could experience the same problem if the striker on the door post looses the plastic shield from it via use. The drivers side door is usually the first one to go. Look at the striker screwed into the post/pillar on the vehicle. It sticks out about an inch and a half. Visually compare it to the others on the vehicle. If the plastic is missing, there is one of your problems, maybe your only problem. Ford will ower one for your vehicle at about thirty bucks a piece. You can get them on the internet for about eleven bucks each. It is replaced with a "star" socket via the flat portion of the striker on the end. It screwed in and out. the screw hold moves sideways for adjustment in and out for a perfect fit.

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