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    HELP ME...LOL. My passenger side front door will not open. It won't unlock and won't open from the inside. not to mention that the key (tumbler) dosen't even work and the window dosent go down.. any suggestions or am i just S.O.L.

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    does the key lock feel like it wont move or its not attached to anything?
    what happens in that door when you try the power locks?

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    The key lock does not want to move to unlock. And nothing happens when the power locks are hit

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    You aren't SOL.

    I have opened doors that didn't work from the outside, although never on a panther. I believe I used a wedge, a coat hanger, and a pair of needlenose pliers. Once you get the door open, take the door panel off, and have a gander. The mechanisms are fairly simple, and you should be able to ascertain the problem.

    The last car I did was my brother's '92 Seville. It turnout the little plastic bushing things had disconnected from the metal rods, and fallen into the bottom of the door. A cop had done this trying to unlock my brother's car, after he locked his keys in it. (Take a lesson: cops are not locksmiths).

    Usually doors open from the inside if the lock is actuated. Do the power locks make noise, in that door (the thunk sound), or are they quiet? In other words, are they actuating, but not working? Or no actuation either?
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    Thanks for the info, my brother said the exact same thing. But the door is not making any noise at all...no activity what so ever

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    open it from the inside.... the lock solenoid is completely seized. Very common. Pull the doorpanel off and rip out the solenoid. put the door back together. F power doorlocks.
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    The door will not open from the inside, It will not do anything

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    i believe mrltd is telling you to remove the door panel etc...so you can rip out the actuator so everything will be freed up again. By doing it this way, you are opening it from the inside.
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    Even if the actuator is stuck, the door should open from the inside.

    Might be something worse. What, I dunno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrltd View Post
    Even if the actuator is stuck, the door should open from the inside.

    Might be something worse. What, I dunno.
    Not if it's really seized up mang. It won't move. My passenger one would do that when the door when it actually locked, and it would not open by the handle. I replaced the actuator, and the problem was solved.
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    yup, Im going to attempt to remove the door panel without the door open. I don't know how but Im gunna try.

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    You know, I think I may have managed it once. It was the winter when I finally ditched my power locks because they kept freezing up every time the temperature dropped. I think that was the same winter that my tailgate handle tore off - so much for the rear door serving as an emergency entrance when all the passenger doors were frozen solid.

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    The passenger door on my car got stuck like that and I took the panel off to remove the lock solenoid but it was still stuck. I ended up rolling the window down, inserting a straight/bent tip pry bar onto the top of the solenoid and tapped it out of the bracket with a hammer.

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    You must be very clever to have better access from the top of the door than with just reaching your hand directly in to the solenoid! I don't remember now whether I pulled the solenoid from its bracket or just unhooked the rod, but I'm pretty sure I just unhooked the rod.
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    With mine, it was so jammed that I really wasn't able to remove it even with the having the panel removed. I was just peeking in from the top and it seemed like a decent enough idea. It took one hit from the hammer and came right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrltd View Post
    open it from the inside.... the lock solenoid is completely seized. Very common. Pull the doorpanel off and rip out the solenoid. put the door back together. F power doorlocks.
    thank you thain disagrees with me lol

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    Welp finally fixed the issue with the door..(well not intirely) . My brother and I took off the switch panel and pulled at the lock rod with chanel locks thus freeing the lock and found out that it was getting stuck under the arm rest some how. But then as soon as we closed the door it automaticaly locks, but however does open from the inside now. So then we proceeded to see that the latch was sticking. and lubed it up along with everything else. But the door still locks by itself when you close the door. so now you have to unlock it and then open it. but it still opens from the inside no matter what. but atleast it opens...

    By the way. on the door lock (key).. Lock is to the right and open is to the left on the passenger side, right ? I am asking this because when the door closes and locks I have to turn the key to the right to unlock it. (which is the lock postion on the drivers side)...and if so my passenger door is mor fucked up then i thought LOL.......

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    LOL ... nope, all my Panthers have had the key turn toward the front of the car to unlock. Odd, since I'm pretty sure all of my parents' '80s Fords (2 Escorts and a baby LTD) were the other way around like ca. 1990 small GMs.
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    Yup, that sounds right to me. But Like I said on the drivers side door..left is to unlock and right is to unlock but on the passenger side (the door with issues) its oposite....But just as long as it functions properly..LOL....These cars are giving me gray hair..LOL

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    lol ... actually, turning right to lock on the passenger side just means the mechanism over there is a mirror image of that on the driver's side of the car. :p Look at your hand and you'll notice that you're still turning the key toward the front of the car, regardless of whether it's clockwise or counterclockwise.
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