|Written by C. L. Easey|
Intro: When the door latch on your 2001 Explorer Sport does not work or is loose you will want to replace it with a new part. This can be done by taking the vehicle to a repair shop to fix the problem or save some money and replace the door latch yourself. You can install a door latch on a 2001 Explorer Sport by first obtaining a new part from an auto supply store or at a local junk yard.
Things You'll Need β Screwdriver, New latch assembly
Step 1: Open the door with the latch that you want to replace. Remove the fasteners that are used to secure the door panel to the door. Take the door panel off and set it aside. Peel back the inside door liner to access the interior of the door.
Step 2: Roll the window all the way up and then locate the bolt at the bottom of the window track. Remove the bolt with the screwdriver and then lower the track to the bottom of the door.
Step 3: Take the interior door handle off of the door by removing the two screws with the screwdriver and then pulling the handle off. Find the disconnect the wiring connectors from the latch assembly.
Step 4: Find the rod that connects the latch assembly to the handle on the exterior of the door. Release the clip on the latch to separate the rod.
Step 5: Find and remove the three screws that are used to secure the latch assembly to the door. Remove the metal bar that connects to the sheet metal on the door and the lock button.
Step 6: Rotate or turn the latch assembly and then work it out of the door. Make sure to separate the remaining rod from the actuator that is at the bottom of the door.
Step 7: Remove the interior handle rod, door lock button rod and the lock cylinder rod from the old latch assembly and transfer it to the new latch assembly.
Step 8: Insert the new latch assembly into the door and connect the j-hook end of the rod to the actuator. Secure the latch to the door by tightening the screws.
Step 9: Re-attach the metal bar from the lock button to the sheet metal on the door. Re-connect the rod for the latch assembly to the exterior door handle.
Step 10: Plug the wiring connectors back into the latch assembly and then re-attach the interior door handle and secure it with the screws.
Step 11: Set the window track back in place and tighten the bolt at the bottom of the window.
Do not force any plastic clips off of the latch assembly because they can easily break.