Description and Operation
The passenger compartment doors are of a conventional lock to striker plate design with the strikers located on the body pillars.
The tailgate also utilises a conventional lock to striker plate design, with the striker located centrally on the edge of the load space floor.
The door locks are operated by a conventional actuating rod system connected to the lock barrels and outer handles, combined with a cable release to the interior remote control levers.
These are supplemented by locking motors. The power motors for the central and double locking mechanisms are mounted directly onto the individual lock assemblies, and are operated via sensors in the motor. The locks and key barrels also incorporate the door ajar and alarm set/reset switches where these systems are fitted.
All the lock mechanisms are shielded to make theft or interference much more difficult.
The interior door handles have a single lever to lock/unlock or open the doors from the interior (there are no separate locking buttons or levers) and when the doors are `dead locked' these are rendered inoperative. This makes it impossible for a would be thief to gain entry by breaking a window and opening the doors using the interior door handles.
A lock may be overhauled using the lockset service kit. The lockset service kit consists of a lock housing, tumbler magazine, tumbler set, barrel return spring and the appropriate operating levers.
A fuel resistant grease is recommended in the assembly of a new or overhauled locksets 97SX M1C253 AA (WSS M7C253A).
This grease will be made available as part of the overhaul kit.
The folding roof is powered by an electric motor mounted under the headlining behind the interior light. The folding roof can only be operated when the ignition is switched on.
The roof may be opened or closed safely at vehicle speeds up to 75 mph (120 km/h).