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I had the same problem (I think - if I am reading your post right). Only one of the rods in the door has some adjustibility. It's the only one with a threaded end. Actually the one that comes up out of the door has a threaded end for the screw-on knob, but that one does not count. It screws into a barrel that is a part of the large latch mechanism located at the rear most jam. Find that One and make an adjustment (or two or three - if your like me). You'll have to pop the keeper loose and make a few turns (one way or the other) then pop the keeper back on when you get it where you want it. IIRC, you'll also have to pop the keeper loose at the other end and free the rod so that it will rotate in the barrel.
My doors would lock with the key or the rod that comes up out of the door, but I would have to jiggle it up and down alot or, like you, reach in a open it manually at the latch mechanism to get it to unlock.
Please go back and read my previous post, I edited it once I recalled that there are two rods with threaded ends. I beleive you are missing the ones that come up out of the door that you grab to lock or unlock, but the other one is the one that needs adjusted.
Loot at the attached photo. Its of the door handle assembly, lock assembly, latch assembly. Use this to see what you think you may be missing.
There is only one rod that runs from the lock down to the latch. If you can lock it with the key, you should be able to unlock it unless the rod connection or lever where the rod connects is worn excessively (sloppy)
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The rod that threads into part 21816 is the adjustment I was refering to.
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It's a complicated thing-a-ma-gig so I won't try to explain it, but when the adjustment is out too far in one direction, latch 21812 does not want to release when you try to unlock the door. I'm not sure what happens if the adjusment is out in the opposite direction - haven't been there, done that.
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My son and I hope that we may be able to return the favor someday to you all.
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Door locks on 1967 mustang, jammed, but fixed it, here's how
I had the same issue, I could open my door with the door handle, but as soon as I locked the door with the key, I couldn't unlock it or even open the door with the outside or inside handle. Luckily I had not installed the door panel yet, so I reach in and had to manually push the latch to open the door.
I figured it out after an hour or so.
There is a threaded rod coming from the door handle (push button), it is too short, it needs to be lengthened, and to lengthen it you need to un-thread it about 3 whole turns. Mine was rusted tight, so I sprayed it with WD40, but I didn't have the patience to wait for it to loosen, so I removed the rod, and got a few pliers and loosened it that way.
I re-installed the rod, and now everything works. Now I can open the door, and lock and unlock the door.
I have the same problem, Where is this threaded rod at? Are you talking about the button on the exterior door handle? or is it something on the inside of the door? or what? I cannot unlock my car with a key but I have to pull the lock from the inside up and down a bunch of times and it feels like is isn't coming up all the way and once it does then you can open the door and I also have a door a cant open at all from the inside or the outside and the window wont roll down so I can't do anything with it. It feels like on both the inside and outside door handles are not even engaging because there is absolutely no tension when you pull the handle up in the inside and on the outside it has nothing it just goes all the way back and all you feel is a little spring. Any ideas?
I fixed my problem, I say you should make sure none of the door handles are engaged, my passenger door exterior handle was stuck pushed in although the chrome button came back out the guts were rusted in place so it wouldn't open, so I just stuck a screw driver in there and tapped it with a hammer and the door locks work fine now, and same with the driver door, the interior handle was frozen and so I got it unfrozen and got it all the way down so now the door has no problems minus a dent