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Finally appear to have fixed power door lock

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Glen Burnie, MD, USA
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1986 Bright Red Coupe
Way back when, I mentioned that the passenger side power door lock wouldn't lock all the way by the switch- the 'orange' would be gone, and it would look locked, but you could still open it from the outside (or sometimes just half-open the door). If you manually pushed the lock, it moved another mm or two and all was fine.

Had the door apart today to fix a flapping trim strip and decided to take a look at it. Almost looked like the actuator wasn't pulling the lock bars far enough. I noticed, however, that the arm from the actuator snaps into a small metal swivel plate (technical term :) ) which has the rod going to the lock mechanism itself also attached. This plate has two holes in it, a lower and an upper. The lower hole is where the actuator rod was attached. On a hunch, I moved it to the upper hole (involves sliding out the rod end and pushing out a plastic "keeper" that's in the hole). Now works like a champ! My service manual doesn't appear to go into enough detail to explain the plate, but the lock works so I'm not complaining...
[RICHR]
 

vigman

Motor head!!!!
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Feb 13, 2001
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Valencia, CA,USA
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88 Convert ( SOLD ) /1973 coupe 4 speed/1964 Vert!
Good news

And you didn't break the nylon thinggy... extra points 4 U


Vig!
 
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Drewser

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I'm dyin here!

Oh such technical terms like metal swivel plate and nylon thingee...OYE!

The metal swivel plate thingamajig is called a "bellcrank" and is used to swivel 90 or 180 degrees usually.

The nylon thingee is called a linkage rod retainer and used to be made of metal (on older chevys) but the plastic has shown to be MUCH easier to work on, for me anyway. BTW--I have several different "thingees" from various makes and models if you happen to need one.

I knew that opening cars for a living would come in handy here. I'm no engine expert but I AM a lock expert and know more than I need to about doors and steering columns.

--Drew:w
 

Mad-Mic

Gone but not forgotten
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Annapolis Maryland
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1987 Redskin Red Coupe
Re: I'm dyin here!

Drewser said:

I knew that opening cars for a living would come in handy here. I'm no engine expert but I AM a lock expert and know more than I need to about doors and steering columns.

--Drew:w

Repo Man???? :L
 
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Drewser

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Re: Re: I'm dyin here!

Mad-Mic said:


Repo Man???? :L
Uhh---maybe once or twice. :D I usually get ahold of the cars after the repo hacks have...hacked them up.
 

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