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69 70 Mustang door latch, what is this part for?

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I just removed my door latches, and when cleaning, I found both have this little plastic strip floating inside the spring, not really attached to anything. They have a small hole on each end. Anyone know what it's for? (This is a photo I grabbed from another thread on VMF, but shows same plastic piece as mine).
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Do you mean the little plastic thingamabob that runs through that little latch spring?

Here's a pic of a similar spring and the thingamajig plastic thingy off of a 1969 Ford Galaxie. The spring broke, and it was near impossible to find replacement spring. I ended up buying a whole latch mechanism (used) just to get a new spring.

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Hmmm… The "plastic thingy" is an anti-rattle device. The spring is what trips the latch closed, and will not latch if missing.

As for replacement springs, how many you want? Virtually every Mustang dealer sells a stainless steel replacement.
Just one, and for a 1969 Galaxie. Not sure if they are the same for a Mustang though.
 
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