Front drivers door will not open from inside or out.
How do I take the inside door panel off to rehook the linkage? I found only one screw for the panel and it is located next to the inside door handle lever. I really do not want to ruin the panel, is there a way to do it with out having the door open
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Re: front drivers door will not open from inside or out.
You'll need to remove screws that are by the door handle,
arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the
panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want
to break them. You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to
get it off the window ledge. If needed, you can pull back the weather
(can't reuse it, but it's not that important) and you will be able to
access everything inside the door
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Hi Roberta, here's the instructions on how to remove your door panel. I have to wonder though on why you are removing it, my guess is you window doesn't roll up or down and your replacing the regulator. Any way here goes.
Remove the plug and remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel.
Remove switch bezel and disconnect power window/memory switch.
Remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket.
Answer FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL REMOVAL Using a trim stick (available from parts stores), pry courtesy lamp from door trim. Disconnect wire connector from courtesy lamp. If equipped, remove screws attaching door assist handle to inner door panel. If equipped, remove screw attaching door pull cup to inner door panel. If equipped, remove screws attaching trim panel to door from below map pocket. If equipped, remove window crank. Using a trim stick, remove screw cover from switch panel. Remove screws attaching switch panel to door trim. Remove power accessary switch from door trim Front Door Switch Panel Disconnect power switch from wire connector. If equipped, using a small, flat bladed pry tool, remove memory seat/mirror switch and disconnect wire connector Memory Seat/Mirror Switch If equipped, remove screw holding door trim to door panel from behind inside latch release handle. Disengage clips attaching door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel Front Door Trim Panel Lift trim panel upward to disengage flange from inner belt molding at top of door. Tilt top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage. Disengage clip attaching linkage rod to inside latch release handle Inside Door Handle Linkage Separate linkage rod from latch handle. Remove front door trim panel from vehicle. INSTALLATION Hold top of trim panel away from door to gain access to latch linkage. Place linkage rod in position on latch handle. Engage clip to hold linkage rod to inside latch release handle. Place front door trim panel in position on door. Install trim panel into inner belt molding at top of door. Install clips to attach door trim to door frame around perimeter of panel. If equipped, install screw to attach door trim to door panel behind inside latch release handle. If equipped, connect power switch into wire connector. Place power accessary switch in position on door trim. Connect wire connector into memory seat/mirror switch and install switch into trim panel. Install screws to attach accessary switch panel to door trim. Install screw cover into switch panel. If equipped, install window crank. If equipped, install screws to attach trim panel to door inside map pocket. If equipped, install screw to attach door pull cup to inner door panel. If equipped, install screws to attach door assist handle to inner door panel. Connect wire connector into courtesy lamp. Install lamp in door trim.
I just bought a 96 transport with that same problem on both front doors they would open from the inside but not the outside. They have a design flaw, basically when you pull the handle it pushes a piece that pivots and in turn pushes a linkage rod downward that actuates the door latch, well that pivot point is the weak spot, the pin that it hinges on is too small and will break, (I found the pivot piece and the linkage rod laying in the bottom of the door) If you pull the door panel off their are 2 nuts holding the door handle on, take those off and the door handle will come off, the pivot pin is on then inside of the door handle, what I did was to drill a hole and put a small self tapping screw in to replace the pivot pin, and hold the pivot piece and linkage in place then put it all back through the door handle hole in the door, and set the linkage down in it's hole in the door latch assembly. The screw I used was not exactly the same size as the original pin was so the pivot piece had some play in it and did not quite push the down far enough to unlatch the door so I put two small nuts to act as washers on the bottom of the linkage rod so it would push down a little more, now it works like a charm, on the other door the linkage rod had just come out of it's hole in the door latch assembly, all I had to do was pull the inside door handle, which lowered the door latch piece and guided the rod back into its hole as I released the inside door handle and now it works too, took about an hour for both doors, a fairly easy fix, hope this helps.
first you need to order a new handle and trim ring, 2 separate pieces. beige or grey are your only choices. www.tnaautoparts.com cheapest and only one i found that caries beige. i did both front doors for 25 dollars total including shipping. Remove door panel, 2 screws under round plastic caps that pry out and off, 2 screws at bottom, 2 lg screws in middle handle, 1 plastic retainer in side that prys out, 1 screw under square cap in the center of the trim ring. remove black plastic triangle shaped piece near the mirror, prys off easy. grab door panel and pull out then lift up. leave wires attached and let panel hang loose. remove screw from old door handle. remove linkage from handle and from lock. connect linkages to new handle and lock (look carefully at the old one before you remove the linkages) , install the last screw you removed to hold lock in place while you check to if everything works. when i finished mine neither door would open from the inside. i had to take pliers and slightly bend the linkage at the elbo's to shorten the travel distance. check this before you put everything back together by just putting the door panel back in place down fist then in, window down, close door, reach in and open door, if it doesn't open bend linkage and try again. when you are sure everything is ok install all screws except the one that was under the square plastic cap in the trim ring. to install trim ring look for notch on back side toward front of ring, push ring in notch end fist, back end slightly out, when the front end is in and seated push the back end straight in. install screw and push cap in. this job is not as hard as it sounds and will make sense when have the panel off and can see.
FRONT DOOR TRIM PANEL - REMOVAL
Release door latch and open door.
Roll window down.
Remove window crank Window Crank - Typical , if equipped.
Remove screws attaching trim panel to door Door Trim Panel and Trim Panel Screw
CAUTION: Do not forcibly pull trim panel from door, damage to trim panel may occur.
Simultaneously lift upward and outward to release retainer steps from inner door panel Trim Panel Retainer
Disengage inside handle linkage rod from inside handle.
Disconnect speaker harness wire connector Speaker And Power Mirror Connector
Disengage power mirror wire connector, if equipped (driver's side only) Speaker And Power Mirror Connector
Disengage clips attaching power window/lock switch panel to door trim
panel. Disengage wire connector from switch panel, if equipped Power
Door Lock/Window Connector
Separate door trim panel from vehicle.
Position trim panel at door.
Engage wire connector for window/lock switch panel, if equipped. Engage
clips attaching power window/lock switch panel to door trim panel.
Engage power mirror wire connector, if equipped.
Connect speaker harness wire connector.
Engage inside handle linkage rod to inside handle.
Align trim panel retainer steps with inner door panel and slide trim panel into place.
Install screws attaching trim panel to door.
Install window crank, if equipped.
Hope helped with this; remember rated this help. Good luck.
common problem on those is one of the linkage arms fall off because it needs a new retaining clip, the fun is try to open the door, some have a small door or panel, if you remove it you can rehook linkage or use screw driver to push latch release lever to open gate hope this helps,
The linkage is probably broken or snapped out of place from inside the door panel.
You'll feel that the handle is much easier to move than the other doors.
If you are confident and able, take the door apart removing the screws and snap pieces and look for the missing linkage. It's usually a snap piece that holds a rod in place on the back of the handle. They break all the time, or dry rot, or jarr out of place. They're easily available at your local auto parts place or even dealership for just a few bucks!
alot of cars and mount door panels the same ways . if look were fingers grab the door to close it and were arm rests you will see small plastic plugs remove the plugs and you will see screws remove the screws. also were the widow swicth is remove and look behind it . also open door all up and look in door jam for other fasteners when all screws are removed then trie to pull at bottom of panel while pulling look between door and panel some cars pull out and some cars lift up . once u get loose then u lift up to remove from sill of door. then disconnect any electrical connectors. sounds like window linkage hitting door handle linkage inside the door.