Some Ford Expedition Door Handle Issues You Should Know
You may not have given it any thought when you purchased your SUV, but your Ford Expedition door handle is more than just an accouterment for your vehicle. It's the first part of your SUV that you operate-without it, you won't be able to get in and out of your automobile. Because of frequent use, an automotive door handle easily breaks down. Here are some ways on how you can troubleshoot and fix on your own some of the problems on your Ford Expedition door handle:
Broken door handle
Most automotive door handles are made from plastic. The flimsy material often succumbs to breakage due to frequent use and too much pressure on the handles. If part of the handle is still intact, you can apply heated glue to attach the broken part to the other piece of the handle. Make sure that you wait for the glue to dry completely before you attempt to open your vehicle using the mended handle. However, if the handle is completely detached, a replacement will be needed to avoid further inconveniences. You need to loosen the screws that connect the handle to the doorframe.
Stuck door handle
If you can't open or close your SUV door because the handle is stuck, you just might have a problem with loose or broken rods. Tightening a loose rod or replacing a broken one should fix the problem. You can gain access to the rod through the inside door handle. Twisting the rods should help in releasing them from the door latch. Sometimes, the rods may only need lubrication in order to operate properly. In this case, applying a lubricant like the WD-40 should help. If none of these things works, inspect the door latch for problems. A stuck door latch is common among older vehicles, but it can also happen to newer models especially if you use too much force in opening or closing your vehicle's doors. A scraping or squeaking sound is one of the signs that the door latch may be defective. Apply some lubricant to the latch and use a screwdriver to put the latch back into position.