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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2004 Thread Starter
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Problem with door locks on an '88 Mustang

I have an 88 and am wondering how hard it is to fix the locks? How much does it cost to buy a set? Should I buy it as a set or can I get just 1 for the left door? How many hours should it take for a beginner?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2004
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Why are you considering replacing them? Working inside a car door is a pain-in-the- @$$ Not enough room to see what you're doin' and too many dang parts in the way.

However, it is also one of the better places for a beginner to cut his teeth. Minor errors go unnoticed, and the car will still run no matter how bad of a job you do. The worst problem I've ever had was getting the correct replacement plastic anchors for the door panel.

You can buy as much, or as little as you want to from your local salvage yard. How many keys do you wanna have on your key ring? Unless you're a lock rebuilding expert, the "new" lock won't be keyed the same as the old.

Are your locks simply frozen? Or, are you sure they are broken? Do you know how to remove the interior door panel?

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2005
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You prob asked this question for the same reason I did a few months ago...They did not work...If you have power locks as I do...There is an actuator inside the door that operates the locks...If that stops working...The doors will not lock by the swith manually or by using a key...It sucks...Just open your door panel on the inside and un-plug them....Pretty easy..
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i have a 93 lx, and i had the same problem, i just replaced the actuators, and there was a little piece of plastic that went to the key hole that was broke also, this made the keyhole just spin.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-25-2005
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If you want replacement parts for it try They'll have everything that you need for your year and then some.

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