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Need the Door-Lock Button

Discussion in '6.9L IH & 7.3L IDI Diesels' started by HammerDown, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. HammerDown

    HammerDown Full Access Member

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    Anyone have a used operational door lock switch for the passenger side?
    While Dorman offers the window switch they do NOT offer the door-lock switch... go figure. 126414904_10223405645310520_5731826262654031268_o.jpg
     
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    Philip1 Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    I believe lmc has door lock switches unless they sold out recently
     
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    IMC ???
    Ohhhh LMC, forgot all about them, I'll check and maybe Rock Auto.

    NEGATIVE... 81-86
     
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    Bronco graveyard does.
     
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    Does this mean the you looked for one for a Bull Nose? Your picture shows one from a Brick Nose truck.
     
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    Bull Nose vs Brick Nose... I searched LMC for my year truck and also looked for an 88 Bronco. LMC only offered the door switch for 81-86 which are the chrome lever type switches.
     
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    I did a search for "power door lock switch" under 1980-1996 Ford Truck/Bronco... only available for 81-86 and 2002-2007. Nothing for my year.
     
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    Have you considered taking the switch apart to try fixing it. I’m not familiar with those specifically, but lots of switches can be repaired. On something that doesn’t draw a lot of current it usually just gotten dirty or the grease has gotten crusty. Carefully take it apart, clean everything real good, polish the contacts with some fine emery cloth, lube it up with dielectric grease, and put it all back together.


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    You could buy the window switch and use it instead.

    Here's the difference and the changes you'll make...

    switch1.jpg
    The red arrow points at the main difference. On the lock switch, that post is an angle shape. (Looks square in the pic. It is only an angle.

    On the window switch, that is a solid round post.

    What you do is cut the round post off of the window switch. (Simplest thing to do about this post.) Just be careful, when you plug the window switch in where the door lock switch was... That you get the post in the same place.


    If you really really want the square look of the lock switch cover/bezel/whateveryoucallit...

    The two green lines point to tabs on the side of the switch. There are two identical tabs on the other side.

    With these switches, if you are very careful, you can lift those tabs, and lift that cover off of there.

    Do the same with the window switch.

    Now put the door switch cover onto the new window switch instead.



    That, along with the cut off post, will allow you to use the window switch in place of the lock switch, and still have it look factory.

    The switches are absolutely identical, other than these two differences. There is absolutely no problem using one to replace the other.
     
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    There are little contact points inside, after time they corrode away.
     
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    I have two old window switches and I have opened them up.
    The little contact points corrode away.
    As you mention above I wondered 'if' I could swap a window switch for a door lock switch.
    My concern was, the door lock switch gets a constant hot wire to it to lock/unlock the doors with the key off.
    The window switches need the key 'on' or in the accessories position to operate the window, that has me also wondering if the backside plugs are the same.
    I'll certainly look into your suggestion, thanks!
     
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    I didn't post a speculation. :D

    I did this to both of my lock buttons. The switch "body" is exactly the same except for that angle or round post.

    It works the way is it supposed to work.
     
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    Our resident specialist in backwoods engineering has spoken! LOL

    I love some of the hacks you come up with sometimes!

    (To avoid any confusion, that was a compliment hahaha)
     
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    Well all righty then...I'll get on it!
    And thanks for the feedback!
     
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