Dumb question, I know, and I’m totally assuming that it’s a standard process. I simply need to get both driver side doors off of the car, it should be a matter of removing the hinge fasteners right and disconnecting the wiring harness?
No need to move the internals to the new door shells… the new doors are fully complete (minus matching key hole) and I’d like to keep it all together while they come off… the wiring harnesses is my only concern, I don’t wanna crack into the panels just to disconnect a few wires…
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Side question, seeing as I never actually insert the key to unlock the car, keeping it how it is wouldn’t set off the security system? I only ever use the FOB.
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Not familiar with the Ford Fusion specifically, but there are a few ways they are set up that I've experienced.
In some, the connectors for the wiring harness to the door are accessible by loosening or removing the rubber “sleeve” in the doorjamb that the wires run thru. Some vehicles you have to pull the inside dash panel and the connections to the to the door harness are there. Some vehicles, I believe, don't have connectors to allow easy removal of the doors. You'd have to remove the door panel and disconnect all the wires and feed them out of the door, then back into the new one.
That said, removing a door panel isn't difficult if it comes to that. Removing and replacing a door panel, especially on a car like that, is usually pretty trivial.
I imagine the fob triggers something in the BCM that unlocks the doors, so the fob should work fine. But… Just remember the key is there for backup, like power failure or the battery in the fob dying. Might be worth considering what you'd have to go through if that happened, and how much a door cylinder re-key would cost in comparison. You can get a lock re-keyed for like $50-100. What's it gonna cost you if your fob fails to get you in the vehicle?