Knowing the Causes behind Common Ford Windstar Door Handle Problems
Do you know what's worse than leaving your car keys inside after locking your doors? A broken door handle, that's what. Your Ford Windstar door handle may fail during the worst of circumstances, and this should come as no surprise, as it's located outside your vehicle and is constantly exposed to extreme heat, rain, or snow-elements that cause your door handles to wear naturally. As for interior handles, constant use and abuse will cause them to get damaged over time. When you begin noticing problems with your door handles, inspect the damage and see what's causing it without delay. Listed below are some of the most common issues with door handles and how to properly diagnose their causes:
The handle moves but the door won't open.
This problem can be caused by several factors. As such, you need to inspect the door locking assembly inside the door panel. There are five 7-mm bolts that attach the panel door, and these must be removed to be able to check for damage to interior components. A broken latch is one of the most common problems. There might also be a damaged rod. The clip attaching the rod to the latch might be compromised as well.
If the lock is not activated but the door still won't open, there might be a problem with the locking mechanism itself. Check if the door lock is loose or is stuck in a locked position. Your Windstar might have a door lock actuator that activates and deactivates the locks. You might need to check if it is damaged and is causing your lock to work intermittently or to not work at all-in this case, your door handle itself is not the issue but a symptom of probably a bigger problem.
The handle does not return to its original horizontal position.
There are times when you pull at the door handle and it does not return to the bezel. Check if the screws attaching the handle to the door are too tight. This can freeze the spring inside the latch and prevent the door handle from returning to its original position. You will also need to check if the springs need lubrication.