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Left side rear door will not unlatch.

The left side rear door stopped working the other day. Loaded some stuff in the back, when I closed the left side I heard a small metallic " tink ". When I got home the left side door would not unlatch to open. Can anyone give me an idea of how to fix it? Cannot unlatch the door to open it to get access to the inner door panel.

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Stupid question but did you try inside latch?If so you should be able to remove seat from other side and remove door panel and replace parts (probley clip) as needed or at least open door if latch is defective

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