Common Ford Freestar Door Handle Issues
A broken door handle on your Ford Freestar would surely ruin your day. You can't get in easily when you're in a hurry and you might get some funny looks from the police when you try to get in by other means. Problems with car door handles are quite common, so you're not alone when it comes to this problem and there's bound to be a solution to troubleshooting your vehicle's issues. Go through our short guide and you'll be able to narrow down problems with your Ford Freestar door handle and get it fixed ASAP.
Frozen door handles
Depending on where you live, freezing temperatures can actually cause your door handles to get stuck and bar you from getting in your vehicle. If you live in an area with such a climate, then it's best to pack some de-icer so that it could thaw out your handles. In case you're stuck outside without anyway of de-icing your door handles, then you might want to try the passenger and side doors of your Freestar and attempt to get in that way. Start your engine and the heat from your vehicle should thaw out your stubborn door handle.
Plastic door handles would often snap when it's already terribly worn out. You could try reattaching your door handle using super glue, but it's bound to break again after a while. The best solution to this problem would be to simply purchase a replacement handle and install it yourself. You'll need to remove your vehicle's door panel and remove the handle assembly from its mount. From there, you'll simply have to replace the door handle and assemble everything back together in reverse.
Door latch problems
If your vehicle's door handle looks okay but you still can't seem to open it, then you might have a problem with your door latch. Open your car door and check if the latch is rotating properly downward. Lift your door handle upward and check if the latch will move to the close position. If it is, then have someone help you out and hold the door handle open while you use a screwdriver to push the latch until it moves properly downward. If this doesn't solve the problem, then you might have a broken latch that'll need to be serviced by a mechanic instead.