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1998 Jetta Passenger Door Won't Unlock

About a month ago, my passenger side door started sometimes not unlocking. At first, just relocking and unlocking the door (using either the interior lock/unlock button on the front panel or the remote) would do it, then it took some jiggling of the door handle. Now, the thing won't open from either the inside or outside. I've tried manually pulling up the lock, using the button in the car, and using the remote. Nothing helps, and no amount of jiggling the handle is seeming to help either.

Car has automatic locks, with only a keyhole on the driver-side door. Remote seems to work fine for the locks as well. All other doors are working as normal.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Sounds like the plastic clip on the lock/handle broke/fell off;)
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I had a similar problem with my son's 1998 Jetta K2 4 door. I sprayed loads of WD40 into the locking area from the end of the door through the clip slot, worked the mechanism sprayed some more and finally it start working. My mechanic said these are very prone to moisture causing rusting on the moving parts.

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