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Ford Expedition Liftgate and Door Problems

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  • alwaysfords2alwaysfords2 Posts: 297
    I told him it was a bad idea :)
  • The door handle on the rear hatch of my 98 Expedition is half-broken. I can turn the handle to the right and the rear window opens. Turn it to the left (to open door) and I get nothing. Hoping to take off inside door trim to access mechanism, but can't do it with door closed. Catch-22 I guess. :confuse:
  • You can pop the trim off if you can open the glass. First remove the upper trim by prying it away from the overhead. It is fastened with standard trim mounting fittings. Next remove the lower trim from the inside door the same way. If the '98 is the same (and it probably is) as the '97, you probably have cables connecting the door handle and the latch releasing mechanisms for both the glass and the liftgate. The cables are enclosed in a sleeve which has anchor brackets on both ends. These brackets are made of hard plastic and have a limited life span (about 10 years) and break into multiple little pieces when they fail. Ford only sells a complete latch assembly (about $150) which includes the cables. I haven't found a source for the cables by themselves. If you have let me know.
  • thnx jackb355,,,, Got the window open with no issue. Took off the upper trim with minor struggle. afraid of damaging the lower trim unit but if you say they pop off i will go back and try again. Thanks again........Gary :)
  • Ended up at Rigsby's Auto Salvage in Zephyrhills last Saturday. Got a replacement panel in case I damaged the existing one removing it. Jose from Rigsby's assisted in the removal of the panel. No damage and he replaced the short (8") cable that turned out to be defective. Very helpful guy. I love happy endings.....Gary :D
  • Bought a new 2010 Expedition EL LTD in August 2010; the vehicle has had more than a reasonable number of quality problems that should have been caught in normal factory quality control checks. Pretty much after I got it home, I noticed the rear passenger door was hard to close and it did not line up with the adjacent door jamb of the body. The dealer was able to adjust it so it looks a bit better and closes more easily. The dealer also noticed the electric rear liftgate was making a grinding sound when the liftgate hit its latch when closing. I thought this was normal (perhaps some servo sound), and now that it is fixed, the liftgate makes a simple click sound, like closing a regular car door. If anyone is experiencing the same grinding noise, I would suggest getting it checked out.
  • I HAVE A 2004 EXPIDITION EB. EVERYTIME I START MY CAR THE LIFTGATE GLASS POP OPEN.AND SOMETIMES WHEN I UNLOCK THE CAR THE LATCH WILL JUST UNLOCK RANDOMLY. I WAS GETTIN GROCERY OUT AND I THE GLASS UNLOCKED AND WHILE THE HEADLIGHTS STAY ON THE LOCK WOULD JUST KEEP UNLATCHING. IS MY LATCH JUST BROKEN? HAS ANYONE HAD THIS PROBLEM?
  • sgomezsgomez Posts: 2
    When I push the button on the drivers side to unlock the other doors sometimes they will unlock and sometimes they won't, even the door lock on the passengers side will do this too what can I do about this
  • ngustinngustin Posts: 1
    I have a 2007 Ford Expedition EL Limited SUV. It has close to 100,000 miles. Just recently my liftgate will open automatically when the car is turned off or in park. When I try to close the gate within the car, or with the remote it will not close, or will close partially and reopen, I can only keep the door closed if I lock all doors. The handle to manually open the door also does not allow you to open the door. I am trying to find out what kind of issue I am looking at. Has ford issued a recall for any rear liftgate issues? I am dreading the visit to the ford garage however, I am worried about driving my car. I love my Ford. However, I can't afford a major car expense. Can anyone give me an idea of what is wrong?
  • I just started having the opposite problem. Its a 2007 expedition and the lift gate will start to open about 6 inches and then closes from remote, inside button and outside handle. When I manually open it and try to close it automatically it seems to try to open even more or does nothing. Any info would be great, Thanks
  • sgomezsgomez Posts: 2
    Had my truck emission tested and it passed except the failed me because the engine light doesn't come on when the key is turned to the on position. I have checked the fuse and it is good. What else can be causing this?
  • kbean45371kbean45371 Posts: 1
    edited June 2013
    Typical reason for this is the cable has broken to the latch mechanism due to possible corrosion. Here is how to get to the main door unlatch cable.
    1. Remove the interior plastic handle. (attached with two security screws under handle at center of panel)
    2. Remove the two Phillips screws behind the window which holds the interior cover over the rear window wiper blade actuator motor. (plastic screws be gentle getting them out, also remove the plastic grommet they screw into).
    3. Pry with two flathead screwdrivers to remove the lower interior trim from under the upper trim.
    Caution: There is a plastic sheet between interior panel and door frame. Try not to put holes in this, it is to keep sound from the road reaching the interior cabin.
    4. There is approximately 8 clips attached to the lower trim which holds the trim in place. Gently with your hand between the trim and interior door frame pry outward and pull the clips off the door frame. Once all clips are removed the panel can be pulled out.

    cable cost: $35 approx.
  • alwaysfords2alwaysfords2 Posts: 297
    Hopefully since he asked this question 3 years ago it has been solved.
  • wutang09wutang09 Posts: 1
    Hi 1 froggirl
    I own a 04 Exedition eddie bauer and I bought it brand new. The locks auto locked when truck is in drive but never unlocked when parked and shut off.
  • alwaysfords2alwaysfords2 Posts: 297
    And hopefully since her issue was almost 6 years ago she has also found peace. I've had 4 Expeditions, none auto unlocked.
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