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97 celica drivers side door lock doesn't unlock

I'm not able to unlock the drivers side door on my 97 celica.
the passenger side locks work fine.
the problem is warm or cold weather, car on or off.
it does not matter inside or outside handles or unlock mechanism.
manual key unlock does not unlock the door nor does inside door unlock tab or electronic door lock switch).
i hear something working when i hit the electronic unlock (both inside tab and outside key), but not sure if it's just the tabs and wires moving around.
i have taken the inside of the door apart, when i could open the door, and everything seems to be working except inside a hard to get to metal box near under the locking mechanism.
i almost got the door stuck open and locked and had a hard time releasing the mechanism in the side of the door with the release button/latch (with screwdriver).
anybody know what's inside the metal hard to reach box? or more importantly, how to fix the door lock / unlock problem? you'd think you could manually unlock the door from the inside or at least with the key but i haven't found a way yet!?!
thank you

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SOURCE: 1990 Totota Celica manual door lock will not unlock

wow, sounds like fin. but you actually can take apart the door inside the car. it would be a b#$%(, but i'm not sure you have a choice. unscrew the handle in the appropriate places, remove plugs if you have to. the door is in with clips. you can remove the door cover by prying it away slowly with a long screw driver or nail bar. be careful, but also use force, it isn't easy and you might stop b/c you're afraid of breaking something, it sounds bad when they pop too, you might break the clips or the door panel, but that's the way of the world.

once you remove the door panel it will likely be obvious what the problem is. has the car ever been in a accident? have you shut the door on the belt alot?

hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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SOURCE: driver's door lock will not open by key or electronic fob

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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SOURCE: Driver Door Latch Problem

sounds like you are the victim of the slim jim. what happened is the clip for linkage either broke or got knocked off. you have to remove door panel and repair/replace clip

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Drive Door lock only works manually

It is not that hard to fix. Actuater is sold as part of the assembly. You can't just replace it by itself. Order the part online for a lot less than dealer. I learned that when the passenger side did the same thing a couple months later and I saved $150 on line. Remove the inside door panel. Remove lock assembly from door. Remove door handle.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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SOURCE: 2004 Camry front driver door lock will only lock/unlock with key

Remove the door panel and reconnect the plug going to the front driver door lock or, if you can hear the motor trying to engage the door lock cam when you press the lock/unlock remotereconnect the door lock lever bar

Posted on Jun 09, 2009

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Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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