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driver side door lock issue

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by andrew123, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. andrew123

    andrew123 Registered User

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    The problem: if i use the power "L" on door to lock the doors, get out, close the door, and try to unlock the door so I can open it, the key will not turn to allow me to unlock the door. The passenger side still works, so i have to go there to unlock it.

    But, if I get out of the truck, use the key to lock the door, then it freely turns so i can unlock it.

    Any ideas on why using the power lock function will not allow me to unlock the door once its closed?

    thanks.

    andrew
    '93 Ford F250 7.3L IDI Auto
     
  2. rewbrooks50

    rewbrooks50 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Not sure; but, it could be the power lock motor/actuator. Mine works sometimes and not. That might move the linkage out of the way.
     
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    andrew123 Registered User

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    thanks....i may replace the actuator to see if that fixes it.....
     
  4. DrCharles

    DrCharles Full Access Member

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    I had a similar problem and it turned out the actuator had partially "jumped" out of its mounting clip (one or both plastic bushings had disintegrated). Eventually it fell off completely and I could hear/feel it trying to lock and unlock, but nothing in the lock mechanisms moved.
     
  5. Selahdoor

    Selahdoor Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    You are going to have to take the door panel off, and get in there anyway, to replace it.

    You might as well take the panel off now, and get in there and investigate to see if you can figure out the problem. :D
     
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  6. chillman88

    chillman88 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah if it hasn't "jumped" the actuator is starting to go south. Mine was partially seized, worked fine with the button (when it actually felt like it) but I could barely move the knob to unlock it. I just unhooked it so I could lock the truck manually. I'd replace them but I have a crew cab and needing all four the price adds up too fast to be worth it for me lol.
     

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