I’m in the process of replacing the “dog-eaten” (true) padded vinyl on both rear doors of my 2000 Merc Mountaineer, the same as an Explorer.
This’s done by removing the inner panel, removing the old vinyl, replacing it with new vinyl, and then reversing the steps.
I started with the left and was proceeding well, or so I thought. I opened and closed the door many times (to save the battery…I needed the light so kept it on) without any problems.
Then I worked on the right. Thanks to my experience with the left, this went very quickly and without any problems, and I removed the inner panel and the vinyl. Needless to say I was quite proud of myself.
Because I was now going inside to cut a new piece of vinyl, I closed the door in the same way (I assume) I did on the left, and, to my horror when I returned I could not open it from either the inside or out. It’s not stuck…I don’t get the “click” you get when the door opens…it acts like it’s locked
Lock/unlocking does not help. All I can think of is that maybe something loosened or got caught.
I really don’t want to remove more of the door (Can you even do this with the door closed??) And, I really don’t want to involve a “pro” since I don’t have the funds.
What do I do??? Please help…PS the battery died anyway Thanks
FYI: AAA was just here. Battery charged, but they don’t carry slim-jims, and their special battery-diagnosing people don’t even carry the special tool that thy use…something that just pushes the unlock button