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Old 08-23-2022, 03:03 PM   #1
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Dead bolt lock will not engage

The dead bolt lock on my 1987 325 MH has decided to stop engaging all the way. So now I cannot lock my rig.
It still engages via the dashboard switch but does not come all the way out. Same as using the key.
Has anybody else come across this, repaired? My key guy could not help as he said the Sclage lock is turning, something inside is stopping the dead bolt.
Pic shows how far it will engage before stopping.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 08-23-2022, 05:39 PM   #2
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The electric motor that brings the deadbolt in and out is a Ford power door lock actuator. I have replaced both in the 89, 325LE and the 89, 370LE. It is located in between the wall, you have to drill the rivets out from the interior wall, sometimes remove the cabinet as well. There should be some pictures on either of my threads doing the job. Regards, Bob
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Old 08-23-2022, 07:56 PM   #3
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Dead bolt lock will not engage

Thanks Bob,
The first thing I tried was the dashboard switch and it did work but not all the way. Is this what you experienced and fixed. Donít really care if I can close remotely . Just need to be able to lock the rig.
Is the failure of the remote lock what is causing this?
Thanks for your response.
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Old 08-24-2022, 06:03 AM   #4
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Here is a writeup I did for dead bolt access on an 86 345.

Hopefully it will help.
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Old 08-24-2022, 08:18 AM   #5
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Thank Bkahler,

Excellent tutorial and pictures. What makes this group so invaluable. Sound like I need to replace that spring steel one I get this apart. Now to decide if I can do this!
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Old 08-25-2022, 08:59 AM   #6
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I have apart and have replaced the broken strip in the bolt mechanism. I reckon I can get a nut and dolt set to put that back together.
Question is what do you use to reattach the bolt mechanism to the door jamb? I drilled out the rivets and would use a nut/bold combo but the rivet portions are still on the bracket(they still locate the bracket nicely)
Do I need to remove all of the rivet and start fresh with bolt/nut. I thought I could drill the centre of the rivets out and use as a guide for a self-tap screw or bot/nut set?
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Can you post some pictures? I can't quite follow what you're trying to describe.
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This is one of two rivet studs that are still on the bolt mechanism box, are these to be removed to reinstall?
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Yes, remove them and replace with small bolts or rivets.
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Yes, remove them and replace with small bolts or rivets.
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Do you know of a source for the wire capacitor that is located within the metal handle thatís located on the interior wall. The wire broke when I was taking it apart
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Do you know of a source for the wire capacitor that is located within the metal handle thatís located on the interior wall. The wire broke when I was taking it apart
I believe you're referring to the mercury switch. The switch is used to turn on the indicator light on the dash indicating whether the door is latched or not. You might try searching online for mercury switches and see if you can find something that matches.

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The electric motor that brings the deadbolt in and out is a Ford power door lock actuator. I have replaced both in the 89, 325LE and the 89, 370LE. It is located in between the wall, you have to drill the rivets out from the interior wall, sometimes remove the cabinet as well. There should be some pictures on either of my threads doing the job. Regards, Bob
Do you have a source for the Mercury switch that is located within the steel toggle handle that opens and closes the bolt from the inside. Wire broke on mine.
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Do you have a source for the Mercury switch that is located within the steel toggle handle that opens and closes the bolt from the inside. Wire broke on mine.

I recently purchased from an ebay vendor. Search for
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Here is a writeup I did for dead bolt access on an 86 345.

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What did you use as a spring steel source for the lock set. I have made a piece from a clamp but find it too tight?
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What did you use as a spring steel source for the lock set. I have made a piece from a clamp but find it too tight?
Pallet banding. It worked but in the long run I ended up finding a new replacement lock assembly. The original one was just to beat up inside to work smoothly.
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Pallet banding. It worked but in the long run I ended up finding a new replacement lock assembly. The original one was just to beat up inside to work smoothly.
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Any idea where you found that?
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