Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Newark, Delaware
I just repaired the one in my drivers door. Since I had no experiance, I took of the door panel only to discover that in most cases you don't need to. Only if you have illuminated entry will you need to remove the door panel. If you don't want to do that, pull the cylinder out and cut, then splice the wires, but I wouldn't recommend that simply because you're creating a potential future problem. I discovered that you can no longer get the lock cylinder from Ford, and If you are lucky enough to find one it will cost (here at least) about 160.00 Bucks! Go to a yard, find the right car (T'bird/Cougar), and pay abought 20.00 Bucks for a used cylinder. As stated, open the door, pull the clip out/off of the door lock, and it will pop right out of the hole. When replacing it in your car, the plastic actuater on the cylinder will come off with a little effert with a screw driver. Also, if you do drop the rod and don't want to pull the panel, use a pencil sized pocket magnet (with a telescoping rod and the magnet on the tip) to pull the rod back to where you can work on it. Good luck!!