How to remove a door lock on an econoline van

Written by alibaster smith
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The Econoline van from Ford Motor Company uses Ford's standard door-locking mechanism. The door lock is attached to a lock rod assembly, which controls the opening of the door. It's bolted to the frame behind the door panel. The only speciality tool you should need is a trim removal tool. It's available at any auto parts store. The job should take you about an hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Trim removal tool
  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set

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  1. 1

    Open the door and use the screwdriver to remove the screws holding the door handle assembly to the inside door panel.

  2. 2

    Remove the screws holding the window control module to the door panel.

  3. 3

    Wedge the tip of the trim removal tool behind the top portion of the door panel, and pry it off the door frame.

  4. 4

    Reach behind the door panel and use the socket wrench to remove the two bolts that secure the door lock and handle assembly to the frame.

  5. 5

    Pull up on the lock rod assembly.

  6. 6

    Pull the door lock assembly off the door panel with your hands. Then pull the door handle off the outside of the door frame.

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