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71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« on: October 09, 2021, 04:21:13 PM »
Curious if this is normal but Iím reassembling my 71 door assembly   Every time I close the door I have to unlock the door to open it. It happens on both side ?  If this is normal then this is dumb lol 

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2021, 11:48:37 AM »
Hummm..., that does seem a bit odd. I remember some older cars you had to push the lock down on the inside and then hold the lever up or push the button in (depending on the design) to make sure the door locked as it was being closed. Otherwise even though the lock was down inside it would auto unlock when the door closed. Maybe something got reversed???

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2021, 02:55:58 PM »
Iím not sure what could have got reversed ? I kept it all complete when I removed it all linkages etc   It seems weird to me and donít remember it doing this when I brought it home   Every time I close the door it locks itself. That will zoop if the keys are ever left in it for sure. Lol

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2021, 04:21:18 PM »
I wish I could offer some insight into WHAT is wrong, but I can't.  What I CAN tell you is that something isn't right; the Ford Pinto/Mercury Bobcat never had self-locking doors as a feature!  Good luck with figuring out the problem.

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2021, 08:21:28 PM »
I wish I could offer some insight into WHAT is wrong, but I can't.  What I CAN tell you is that something isn't right; the Ford Pinto/Mercury Bobcat never had self-locking doors as a feature!  Good luck with figuring out the problem.

Dwayne :)

Spent a good part of the day looking at this lol. If this is not normal I better get some sleep and maybe something will come to me as to how to fix this in a dream. Lol

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2021, 10:23:27 PM »
It sounds as though the "Spring Tensioner"(I'm not sure of it's actual name), that holds the Door Locking mech either in the unlocked or locked positions may be worn/broken/missing. So that when shutting the doors, the door locks fall into the lock position as though 'Automatically' I don't know for sure, it would be odd for all doors to do this in the same vehicle if it wasn't made to do on purpose.

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Re: 71 pinto doors auto lock ?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2021, 10:57:40 AM »
Sure it's not a Gremlin ?  ;D

Any pictures of the car's engine bay yet ?