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The latest generation of the Mustang is unlocked exactly like the previous generation. There is no lock on the passenger side of the vehicle, but the latch that Ford has chosen to use is equipped with a lock bellcrank just as if there were a lock on the door. The unprotected bellcrank can be easily attacked with a variety of tools such as the Tech-Train 1000.
To open the 2005 Mustang, begin by wedging open the weather stripping near the rear of the door and inserting the long end of the tool. Use care as you insert both the wedge and the tool to not roll the lower layer of the weather stripping. If the weather stripping rolls under your wedge, it will make the job harder and may damage the weather stripping.
Lower the tool at least 13 inches into the door and then rotate it so that the tip points toward the inside of the door. The latch bellcrank is located 12.5 inches down in the door, so the tip of the tool should now be below the bellcrank . Pull up on the tool to raise the bellcrank and unlock the car. If the car does not unlock, reposition the tool and probe for the bellcrank while watching the inside lock button for movement.
Inside the door, you can see how the tip of the tool attacks the unprotected bellcrank . The linkage to the vertical button can also be attacked with the same tool, but the bellcrank is much easier to find inside the door.
REMOVING THE DOOR LOCK
Since there is no lock on the passenger side door, the only door you will likely have to disassemble is the driver's side door. The panel is held onto the door with a combination of 10mm hex-head screws, Torx head screws and upholstery clips.
The triangular cover behind the rear view mirror is held onto the door with two metal upholstery clips. It can be removed with gentle prying, and once removed the electrical connection to the mirror control is easily disconnected.
A plastic cover inside the grab-handle portion of the armrest conceals one Torx head bolt that must be removed in order to remove the door panel. The plastic cover is removed by gently prying with a small screwdriver in the slot provided or with an offset scribe.
The forward portion of the armrest consists of a pod that contains the power control panel. The pod is held in place by four upholstery clips, two of which point down and two point toward the door. Once again, gentle prying is all that is needed to remove the pod. It is not necessary to remove the control panel; because once the pod is free of the door the electrical connections can be easily disconnected.
One 10mm bolt is concealed under the forward end of the control pod. This bolt must be removed in order to remove the door panel.
Another Torx head screw that must be removed is concealed behind a plastic snap-off panel inside the handle trim. ( The panel can be removed by prying gently with a screwdriver or an offset scribe.
Seven easily visible 10mm screws secure the door panel to the door. Two screws are located along the front edge of the panel, two along the rear edge and three more on the lower edge.
After all of the fasteners have been removed, the panel can be removed from the door by gently lifting from the lower edge. Two hooks near the bottom of the door panel fit into the door skin and the top portion of the panel hooks over the top of the door. Once the panel is free, you can see the remaining connections that have to be released.
The inside handle is connected to the latch by way of a bicycle-style cable. The cable is released by gently squeezing the two plastic tabs on the cable end together so that the cable housing can slide out of the mounting bracket. Once the cable housing is free, rotate the cable until the lug on the end of the cable can be lifted out of the slot in the handle.
After the handle cable has been released, you will be able to pull the door panel far enough away from the door to easily reach the remaining electrical connections. The power door lock connection is located just forward of the inside handle.
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