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Driver's door lock will not open by key or electronic fob

ON my 1997 Toyoto 4Runner, I can not open the drivers door with a electronic key fob or with a key. I have to go to the passengers door side and reach over and open it with the door handle. Until today now the doof latch is stuck in the lock position and I can't close the door.

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  • lovelylady20 Dec 20, 2008

    I have an electronic lock,but now the door won't unlock from the outside,or the inside.What do i do?

  • bowersgj Apr 13, 2009

    I cannot open the driver side door from outside the 1997 toyota 4 runner even though it is unlocked. I can open it from the inside.

    I will try openning the panel like Ken and see if something is broken in there.



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I was able to determine if you move the inside door handle toward the front of the car, then you could remove the door panel. However, it takes a little force to pot out the plastic clips, but if you work around the outside by appling pressure with a thin tool, such as a putty knife it will pot out.

My problem was a small yellow plastic part that connects the outside and inside door handle rods was broken.

So I plan to replace the part and see if that fixes the provlem. If so I can save over $340 dealer repair costs.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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