I know some one has had this problem before but I cannot find the previous thread.
Today while at Greensborough Plaza or Northland shopping centre my TE50 had the door lock punched in with what looks like a screw driver
. I noticed a rattle in the door when I drove off only to find when I looked outside that their was a hole where they keylock used to be.
Nothing had been taken, and I dont think they alarm had been set off so I'm sure they have not even opened the door.
Any way when I got home this arvo, pulled off the trim to rereive said keylock as the car would not lock in this condition.
As said in the previous thread the set up for these locks is damn shabby. The barrel is held in to place by knurled nut set in fromed into the plastic. The lock is attached to an arm that moves up and down to unlock or lock car. There is no strength at all in this set up and when you hit the keylock hard from the outside with say a screw driver it just breaks the nut out of the plastic allowing the keylock to fall down which in turn unlocks the car.
How easy is that.
Rang Ford and like all things the whole handle has to be replaced, $200.00 there abouts plus painting.
Any way pulled it all out had a look and thought I'll give this a go.
The plastic was actually all there just cracked, got the 5 min Araldite out glued it all back up and glued the nut back in with a tap of the hammer.
Then thought this is so easy it will happen again and I may not be as luck as this time.
The whole door handle attaches to the actual door skin by ywo bolts internally, one of these is very near to the bolt to hold the door lock, about 50mm away.
So I think why not have a steel bracket from this fixed point on the door up to the bolt on the door lock. Out with cardboard quick template, onto the CAD then out to the laser for a nice 2mm steel bkt that effectively suuports the door lock from the door skin as well as the plastic.
I'm not saying that its bullet proof but it will sure take a lot more grunt than the standard set up.
Sorry I've gone a bit here have'nt I. Next time you have your trim off have a look and it will make a lot mor sense. You could easily make these bkts up by hand if you wish.