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rear half door handle latch cable stay broken

Ok i did search on this and i think i would do better but i cant seem to put the words together to see what this part is called. My issue is i cant open the rear doors on my 2000 xlt because the handles have cables and the cables have a tip that holds them stationary so the cable can move in the sleeve thus opening the door latch. I called ford and the latch only comes with the lower cable $50 and the upper cable only comes with the upper latch $90 something. So im searching for ideas for a diy repair on this. some kind of hard plastic grommet i can put in there. to hold the cable. maybe something int the biking community can come up with an idea.

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The video answered my question on the problem; now I'll work on an easy cure and post the results. Thanx diazo...
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That's easy.
Pull the latch assembly off the door and put a 1/4 inch hose clamp on each cable housing flush with the end on the back side of the hole. The screw mount on the clamp won't fit through the hole.
Don't worry about the housing falling back in when you release the handle , it can float loose as the latch springs take up any slack.
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This is one of the problems that originally brought me to this forum....
I have the same problem with both rear doors,as a temporary 'fix',just so I could open the door(s) till I could do a real repair,I found what is called a 'Tack Puller'(looks like a 'mini' trim tool),and I place it on each cable to hold back the housing,while pulling on the handle,just so the door will unlatch & open.....I have repaired one using 1/4" Pex Pipe from Lowes(about $1.38),and some cables ties.
When I called my local Ford 'stealer-ship' to see about getting new cables,they wanted $145.00 for each cable,but said since I needed all 4 cables(for both doors),they'd make me a 'special deal',and let me have all 4 for $499.00!:thefinger:....When the parts guy heard my reaction,he said he had heard of other people using the cable/barrel adjusters from bicycle brakes....I may do that on my other rear door,when I finally get around to it,this Spring.
Here is the 'Tack Puller'($3.99 @ Ace H/W)I used for awhile(and still use on the 1 un-fixed door):
AceŽ Tack Puller - Pry Bars & Nail Pullers - Ace Hardware
Here is the bike cable adjuster(.99˘/ea) I was referring to(you only need 2 per door/1 for each cable): Bicycle Brake Barrel Adjuster Bolt with Lock Nut 7mm | eBay
Here's another handy thing to have on hand,because the 'retainers' get old & brittle,and your going to tear some up(I know I sure did,even with a trim tool): 50 Ford Mustang Black Nylon Trim Panel Clips N807943 S | eBay
And here is the the guide I used to remove the door panel: http://rockledge.home.comcast.net/~r...moval_Rear.pdf
Hope all of this info helps you,and anyone else who finds this thread,and has the same problem.:icon_thumby:
Or if $38 per door (top & bottom cables) sounds good,I have found a 'repair kit' on Ebay,and there is a video on Youtube:
Ford Ranger Rear Suicide Door Door Lock Cable Repair Kit 1997 2004 | eBay
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I bought a different set from another ebay seller. They were cheaper in price, but the quality was top notch.
Here a link to the install video.

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I bought a different set from another ebay seller. They were cheaper in price, but the quality was top notch.
Here a link to the install video.
Hooray for you!($8).....Did you even happen to notice that video was only posted 20 days ago?(May 5,2014!)
I should have fired up my 'Flux Capacitor' last year,got my Delorean up to 88mph,and gone into the future,so I could have my doors working for the past 12 months.
That seller doesn't include the pop-rivets necessary to repair the Ford Ranger doors,so by the time you drive accross town,and purchase a bag/box of pop-rivets,you will probably have spent $8.
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Hooray for you!($8).....Did you even happen to notice that video was only posted 20 days ago?(May 5,2014!)
I should have fired up my 'Flux Capacitor' last year,got my Delorean up to 88mph,and gone into the future,so I could have my doors working for the past 12 months.
That seller doesn't include the pop-rivets necessary to repair the Ford Ranger doors,so by the time you drive accross town,and purchase a bag/box of pop-rivets,you will probably have spent $8.
Well $8.00 is $8.00. One thing you have pointed out. The video is only 20 or so days old. I should have pointed to the seller like you did. Ford Ranger Door Handle Cable Repair Kit 4 Ends Equals 1 Kit 1997 to 2004 | eBay
They have been around for a bit longer. When I fixed my old ranger I bought from them. I just fixed my 94 F-150 with their. That is when I saw they had a video. I saw the post and I thought I would share it to help others. As for the rivets. You recommenced his cable ends and video.. You never made mention about the rivets. I don't understand why you have gotten so upset. I thought this was a place to get help and help others? Just relaying my experience like you did. As for being late. The conversation started in Jan. 2012. You made your post Dec. 2013 and I made mine in May 2014. It is not one year from you. P.S. I changed the color so it is easier to read. The dark blue is a difficult font read.

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Actually I was being facetious,thus the ''BTTF'' reference;If I was upset I would have been more sarcastic.
Yeah,I know $8 is $8......I forget there are alot of Ford Ranger owners that probably don't have a 'Pop-Riveter'(which I do),so they need to save the $8 towards the purchase of one + rivets anyway.
I guess since I chose to switch my 'forum skim'(in User CP/Edit Options) to the 'Ranger-2009' theme,which is Blue/Lt. Blue....It looks fine with the blue font,but the yellow works with it also.
If I was needing to repair my rear door latches on my Ranger today,I would probably go with that seller 'No Doubt',and actually save a total of $18 by getting the kit designed for the Ford Econoline Vans:
Ford Econline Cable Repair Kit 2 REDUCED End 8 Ends Equals 1 Kit 1992 to 2012 | eBay
If you notice,it's basically 2 Ranger kits together......6-Full Ends + 2 Reduced Ends(saves even $2 more!lol)
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