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Drivers door on my 1996 toyota camry won't open.

Linkage seems to be intack. I beleive it's the solenoid. But the question is, how do you get the door open or the panel off to replace part?

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  • jrsa00 Dec 12, 2008

    Hi, the drivers door on my 96 Camry does not open, which makes it difficult to remove door panel. I can only get the top portion of the door panel pulled away.

  • jcreider Dec 28, 2008

    I just recently replaced the interior and exterior door handles on my 1996 Camry with no problems, but they both disconnected internally yesterday and now cannot be opened from either handle. Is there another way to get the door open so I can repair?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Remove the door handle and attempt to pull the metal rod that leads to the latch.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Remove driver's door panel:

    Remove the 2 plastic covers at the hinge side of the panel

    Remove the 2 screws under that were under the covers

    Observe the latch side of the door; locate 2 round plugs

    Press the center of the two round plugs, and pull the plugs out

    Pry out the door light, at the bottom (if it has one), and unconnect the wiring connector.

    Remove the screw that holds the fascia behind the door handle, slide the plastic forward to dislodge it, and unclip the door rod clip from the handle.

    Remove the screw inder the arm rest

    Remove the 3/4" circular trim, and remove the screw under it.

    Pull the triangular plastic trimm off that is behind the door mirror, start at the top.

    Remove the 4 screws at the bottom edge of the panel, if they are there.

    Starting at the bottom, pull the door panel away from the door, to release the plastic fasteners. It helps quite a bit if the door panel is warm.

    Once the panel is released, pull up on the panel to dislodge the clips on the top most edge.

    Finally, unplug the driver side window switch from behind the panel.



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On the inside trim, you can 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. Then you'll need to manipulate the panel and disconnect the door handle linkage from the door handle and disconnect the wiring for your controls

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