Drivers door won't unlock, cannot open from inside or out

Asked by Apr 06, 2016 at 08:19 AM about the 2004 Ford Escape Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Drivers door won't unlock, from inside if you hit the unlock, it flips back and forth a few times but doesn't unlock the door

3 Answers

89,005

Have you tried manually unlocking the door both inside and outside using the key? If that doesn't work then if you know how to use it a "slimjim" can catch the lock pawl on the latch assembly and unlock it. The most common problem is the little plastic rod retainers break up then the rods fall out or are so loose that they can't work, the door panel will have to come off to gain access to the internal latch and rod assemblies. HTH

Must have just been hung up, because it has worked fine since then. Got it to unlock with the remote after several tries.

89,005

Then go to the parts store and buy some BP Blaster penetrating spray lube and spray the latch assemblies down in the catch and even remove one of the upper mounting screws and spray some in there and there work the latches and locks a few times.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • 2005 Ford Escape Rear Right Door Won't Open 2 answers

    I have a 2005 Ford Escape, and all of a sudden, the right rear door won't open. The child lock isn't on, and the outside door handle is loose, as in it doesn't automatically retract back into the door...

    2005 Ford Escape Limited 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How can I release the child lock on 2004 Ford Escape. Can't open the door. 4 answers

    Some how the child lock on my drivers side rear door became locked. Now I can't open the door to release it. Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks

    2004 Ford Escape

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 204 Ford Escape won't unlock (fob and key don't work) 2 answers

    The last time I entered my car, I used the metal key to get in, and then locked the car using the door lock button (the one that locks all doors) inside the door. The battery on m fob was week. I j...

    2004 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Passenger side outside front door handle won't push in and open the door 1 answer

    My son was opening the door while it was locked from the inside he did this repeatedly and when I hit the unlock button he opened the door at the same time and something happened. Now u can open th...

    2006 Ford Escape XLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • driver door wont unlock and handle broken 1 answer

    I went to open my door to get out for work the one day and my driver side door handle on the inside broke. I was already having previous issues with the keypad not unlocking that door so it had to b...

    1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 93,048 nationwide Escape listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Ford Escape Questions

Ford Escape Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,820
#2 Bratts
Bratts
Reputation 2,740
#3 kbro
kbro
Reputation 1,510
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda CR-V
665 Great Deals out of 56,242 listings starting at $2,090
Used Ford Explorer
748 Great Deals out of 74,481 listings starting at $750
Used Toyota RAV4
560 Great Deals out of 65,661 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Equinox
959 Great Deals out of 60,875 listings starting at $1,600
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
846 Great Deals out of 69,765 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Focus
518 Great Deals out of 55,273 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford F-150
2,403 Great Deals out of 210,248 listings starting at $895
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
232 Great Deals out of 17,508 listings starting at $500
Used Hyundai Tucson
178 Great Deals out of 24,736 listings starting at $2,490
Used Kia Sportage
240 Great Deals out of 21,012 listings starting at $2,795
Used Kia Sorento
386 Great Deals out of 33,786 listings starting at $1,495

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Escape For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 57,804 listings starting at $13,988
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
140 Great Deals out of 4,661 listings starting at $11,977
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
152 Great Deals out of 5,126 listings starting at $10,691
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
303 Great Deals out of 10,892 listings starting at $8,550
2013 Ford Escape For Sale
126 Great Deals out of 4,530 listings starting at $6,950