Servicing the Ford Fiesta

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Unfortunately, the actual production vehicle did not work the same way.  On the production vehicle, after the light inside the power lock button shown above goes out, the inside power door lock button is disabled.  So, using a long reach tool to push this button will not unlock the car as I had originally thought.  However, you can still use a long-reach tool such as the Jiffy-Jak Vehicle Entry System to pull the inside door handle.

After playing with the car for a couple of days and trying several different methods, I think the easiest and safest way to unlock the Fiesta is with the Tech-Train 1026 tool shown in Photo 6.  The tool is inserted into the door and then used to pull out on the inside door handle.  The shape of the door handle makes this relatively easy since it is essentially a loop that the tip of the tool can be inserted into.

Begin by wedging open a gap large enough to insert the tool above the inside door handle (Photo 7).  Be sure to shim the double-layer weather stripping so that it does not roll under your wedge.  In addition, there is an obstruction in the door just to the rear of the door handle, so make sure that you keep your tool forward of this obstruction.  You will probably feel the tool hit the obstruction if you get too far to the rear; if you do, just move the tool forward slightly.

Carefully insert the tool into the door between your wedges and lower it until it is below the base of the window glass (Photo 8).  Flex the tool so that the upper bend slips to the inside surface of the window and then pull up on the tool.  As soon as you see the weather stripping bulge, as the tool begins to come up inside the passenger compartment, stop and remove your wedges.   Removing the wedges will take most of the stress off the glass, make it easier to pull the tool up, and reduce the possibility of breaking the glass.

After removing the wedges, pull the tool up until the tip is free to move inside the vehicle.  Because the business end of the TT-1026 tool has a relatively wide reach, it should be easy to slide the tip of the tool over the top of the door panel and down to the inside handle. (See photo 9)

Lower the handle end of the tool until it is almost horizontal, and push forward on the tool to lock the tip into the opening in the door handle.  This may take a moment or two, but by changing the position of the tool as needed, you should be able to get the tip of the tool through the loop of the inside handle, which will push the handle out from the door panel. (See Photo 10)

With the tool in position, twist the handle portion of the tool downward, which will lever the handle out far enough to unlock the door, shown in Photo 11. Notice that the tip of the tool is actually protruding past the end of the handle as it passes through the loop portion of the handle.  Positioning the tool in this way may sound difficult, but it’s actually not that difficult.

The problem is that there is almost no way to feel when the handle has moved far enough.  You can either pull the outside handle as you work the inside handle, or you can just lever the inside handle out far enough that it actually opens the door.  (Photo 12) Because the fit at the base of the window is not nearly as tight as on a lot of other vehicles, and the fact that it doesn’t take a lot of power to pull the handle, makes this method quick and easy.

A long reach tool such as the Jiffy-Jak (Photo 13) can also be used on the Fiesta.  If you decide to take this route, hook the tip of your tool through the loop in the door handle and then pull the handle. (Photo 13)   The problem with this technique is that when the door opens, your air wedge will cause the door to “pop” open with a vengeance.  In addition, because the latch is under pressure from wedging the door open, it will take more force to pull the handle, making it easier to slip off and damage the trim.

Another problem with this method is that the trim around the door is covered with a vinyl coating that reminds me of old-fashioned shelf paper.  Even if you use a protective sleeve on your tool, just the pressure of the rod against the trim can damage this flimsy coating.  Photo 14 shows the damage that I did to the door by using the Jiffy-Jak on this vehicle.  Of course, I did unlock it over a dozen times while I was videotaping and photographing it, so a single opening would probably not cause too much damage.  I’d rather use the TT-1026 just to prevent the possibility of damage.

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