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Rear door will not open

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The rear passenger door will not open when using the out side door handle, but it works ok from the inside. I wanted to take the inside door panel off to see if I could fix. I can not seem to get this panelling off, I can only see one screw at the very bottom to take out .. can some one talk me through taking this panel off, thanks

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There is a linkage rod that goes from the door handle to the latch, it has fallen off or is broken, pull the door panel and you will see it.

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