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Door Latch Trouble

AVrba02

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2008 Focus
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So I have a 2008 Focus that was sitting in a field for 4 years. Has a multitude of problems but it was a free car so whatever. Main issue I'm dealing with at the moment is both of my rear door latch mechanisms. The latch moves but won't click into place when the door is shut and thus my door won't stay shut. I've looked into videos but everyone seems to be showing how to fix a stuck latch. I want to be clear, that's not my problem. The door latch moves, but won't click into place when the door hits the pin. Is there any way to fix this issue without getting a whole new set of door latches? Right now the doors are held shut with a ratchet strap but I'm kind of getting sick of my dome lights coming on every time I make a sharp turn lol. Thank you in advance!
 
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Not sure if you already read about it, but some older models had an issue with the back door latch. It is not a fixable problem, it is a they need to be replaced problem. Do a search on Ford Focus door latch recall.
 
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Good call on the recall search. My '03 had a recall for the rear doors many years ago and we had it taken care of by the dealership for free.
If you can't get it repaired via a recall notice,
spray the mechanism with a lock lubricant such as a graphite spray, to see if an internal part will loosen and spring back into correct position. If it's been sitting for a few years as you said, it may just be gummed up.
 
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So I have a 2008 Focus that was sitting in a field for 4 years. Has a multitude of problems but it was a free car so whatever. Main issue I'm dealing with at the moment is both of my rear door latch mechanisms. The latch moves but won't click into place when the door is shut and thus my door won't stay shut. I've looked into videos but everyone seems to be showing how to fix a stuck latch. I want to be clear, that's not my problem. The door latch moves, but won't click into place when the door hits the pin. Is there any way to fix this issue without getting a whole new set of door latches? Right now the doors are held shut with a ratchet strap but I'm kind of getting sick of my dome lights coming on every time I make a sharp turn lol. Thank you in advance!
Recall on mean. Contact ford motor company or local dealer w/ vin # to see if you qualify.
 

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