I've been having the "usual" problem with the door ajar switches on my
1996 Sable (a common problem reported widely on the internet). I got
the two front door switches supposedly diagnosed as bad and replaced for
about $300. I've used the WD-40/silicone lubricant spray, with only partial
success.The problem is still there with the rear doors, so I bought two
the rear doors with the intent on replacing them myself. However, these
switches are mounted on the latch assembly that is tucked well into the
depths of the door, and I can't figure out how to get the switch out. I
figure there is a "release" mechanism but I can't see the latch
assembly well enough to figure it out. I have removed the door panel, but
visibility is minimal. Any ideas on how to get these switches out?
Remove rear door trim panel and watershield.
Check all connections of rear door latch remote control link and rods.
Service as necessary.
Remove rear door latch bellcrank.
Remove handle assembly.
Using a letter X 1/4-inch diameter drill bit, remove pop-rivets
attaching rear door electric latch actuator (if equipped) and rear door
latch remote control link to rear door.
Disconnect electrical connector to rear door electric latch actuator (if
Remove rear door latch retaining clip from rear door latch.
Remove three screws retaining rear door latch to rear door. Disconnect
bellcrank and link actuating rod from rear door latch.
Remove rear door latch and rear door electric latch actuator and rear
door latch control as an assembly from rear door.
Remove U-clip then remove link retaining clip. Pry out and remove rear
door latch remote control link from rear door latch.
Transfer bushings and retaining clips along with rear door electric
latch actuator and rear door latch control to new rear door latch.
Follow removal procedure in reverse order to install.
Tighten rear door latch retaining screws to 10-14 N-m (89-124 lb-in).
Thanks for the detailed info. I assume that I would need to remove the latch
to get to the switch.
Seems like too much chance that something will go wrong and I'll wind up
braking something! ;-)
Unless there is a way to get the switch out without removing the whole latch
assembly, I think I'll need to
keep trying the spray method!!
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