Actually just did this last weekend. My latch was full of crud, so it wouldn't latch either. There's a clip for the handle that you just unclip with a pick (I used a 90°). The manual lock just comes off by rotating the latch and moving around the rod. The door cylinder rod was the hardest but take your time and you can pivot the latch and that rod will come right out.
Now I soaked mine in my parts washer that is a 80/20 mix of varsol and transmission fluid ( the transmission fluid makes it easier on your hands) for about 30 mins then I took it out and sprayed it good with brake clean. Then I soaked it in a bucket of atf I have kicking around for probably 30 mins. I then took it out and let it drain into the bucket then I lubed it up with a thin lubricant I found at my shop and then stuck it back in my door. It has worked perfect since.
2009 Ford Escape Limited - 3.0L, 6 speed auto, 4x4, 25/33 city/hwy imp mpg.
2017 F150 XLT-XTR - 5.0L, 4x4, 3.55's, E-locker, xtr chrome package, fx4 off-road package.
20/25 imp mpg