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Drivers side door won't open

I have a 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Sedan. When I opened my driver's side door this morning the handle stayed out and when i tried closing the door it wouldn't engage and it just stayed open. i flipped the lock switch and then unlocked the doors and it closed, but when i tried to open it again it wouldn't open. It won't open from the inside either. I'm taking it in tomorrow but i was wondering if there was a simple solution or if you know what the problem may be. Thanks.

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  • Jay87T Dec 22, 2008

    I have the EXACT same problem the door wont open from the outside or inside, I... I have to bring it to the dealer again, I waited for 3 hrs last time and I thought it was fixed, a couple weeks later its doing it to me again Im PISSED.

  • sliksing013 Jan 03, 2009

    I've ran into this before, I owned a 2007 Altima Hybrid....very nice, but in Jan 2008 I tried to open the driver door and the handle stuck out and slowly retracted but would not open the door, then I thought about the roll down windows. When you press and hold the unlock buttom the window rolls down and you can open from inside latch. Took it to the dealer they claimed it was a reset....just like the auto windows which is I saw they reset but thats another story. So this Jan 01, 2009 in the 6 deg F. weather same issue except the inside WOULD NOT work either, these cars are not built for these weather I was hopping out passenger style, finally the temp rised to about 30 deg and the inside latch works, still not the outside, will head for dealer asap, and demand a cable latch replacement, not gonna settle for a reset. It is a problem here with the driver door only 'cause same condition and other doors work just fine.

    PS: scumbag dealer would not tell how to perform reset.



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I have a 2003 nissan altima and the door has woked fine all night and now the door will not open from the inside. It is just a broken spring?

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The latches that work with the handles have eiter brokenor come loose so i would let them do it. there is no easy fix

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There is a cable that attaches to the inside door latch release handle. The plastic that retains this cable is most likely broken. I have seen this before. If the retainer is not holding the cable sheath correctly, the entire cable moves when the handle is pulled and does not release the door latch.

Remove the door panel and inspect this cable. You will see 2 cables (one is for the door lock). If the plastic is broken, you will need a new interior handle assembly.

Hope this is helpful!!

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