I have a 94 2dr cutlass and the same thing happend to me, now i can tell u how to fix the problam but the door has to be open to fix, so if your in the same boat i was with both door handles broke then there was only two ways i could think of to get the doors open with both handles broke, ether go threw the trunk and break the seat of break a widow witch is what i did, and once ur window is broke dont replace glass untill handles are fixed. what u do is once the door is open look on the inside behind handle and there is a black cover that has a few screws on it, remove this and u will have a perfect view of the lever assembly, i went to my local junk yard and got me two handles that were that were in good shape, and one u see how it works its a pretty easy fix
Until you get new door handles ordered just get a durable but not too thick rope to tie on the inside handle and close the door with the rope on the outside.. just pull the rope and the door should open.. you can go to a dealership to buy a new door handle, but its quite expensive.. i just got on ebay and bought a pair.. they are real easy to put on when you get them
This is a common problem with the gm models with the door handles on the side post.Should be an easy fix as long as you have a digital camera. There is a plastic cover on inside of post with three nuts holding it on remove, if the weighted piece is broke you will have to go to a junkyard and find a replacement,take a pic of it so you will know how it goes back together.If it isnt broke the rod that connects to the latch may need re-adjusted or a new retainer clip.Should be a some what easy fix.
My problem right now i turn the car on to warm up and where i was ready to leave i unlock the door and the door wouldn't open it looks like the handle just snap and that was the only door working because the other handle is broken also and my car is still on
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Re: outside door handle not working
I think it maybe that a novice can fix it.take of the panel or if the door has a removable panel just in the side of the door where the door latches onto the car. Many doors have an adjuster which you can adjust the door. or the stiff wire rod may have come off the door latch .
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Firstly, check whether it's physical or electronic, that way you know where you're starting from. You may need to remove the back panel of the door. (Make a note of how it came off!) You may now be able to follow the linkage from the door catch all the way back to the operating handle. The car's old, so it won't be operating on a wireless protocol, you're just looking for wires or a series of little rods. Is everything intact.giving an uninterrupted run from handle to catch? If not then just reattach as best you can and test it. If it's wires that have come disconnected and reconnecting them doesn't work then the fault's more fundamental and you may need a specialist. If it's physical links which are the problem then you should be able to sort out if anything is bust. Getting a replacement could be tricky with a car as old as this. Consider going to a specialist or if you're very enthusiastic AND skilful consider making the replacements yourself.
Finally don't forget to put the back panel onto the door.
Then... remove the inner door panel and the plastic sheeting that isolates the interior of the door from the back of the door's upholstery panel. Be careful with that plastic so you don't damage any more of it than you have to.
Find the linkage between the door handle and the strike mechanism. One piece of that linkage is probably disconnected. Reconnect it (you may need a minor clip from the auto parts place, or you may be able to fashion something from wire or a bobbypin).
Tape the plastic back on the door and reinstall the inner door panel. Test the door to be sure it opens correctly.
Instructions: 1 Disconnect the trucks negative battery cable.
2 Unhook the clip for the door's manual window crank with a hooked tool behind the handle (or rub a rag behind the handle), or for a power window, pry off the window switch assembly from the door handle with a trim stick and disconnect its electrical connector.
3 Pry off all small panels and bezels on or near the door with the trim stick, including the triangular panel on the mirror mount and the bezel surrounding the door handle.
4 Unscrew and remove all of the mounting screws for the door's inner trim panel then pull the panel out to detach the clips. Disconnect all remaining electrical connectors on the door panel.
5 Peel off the plastic water deflector sheet from the door.
6 Press down on the speaker's upper mounting tab while grasping the speaker, then tilt the speaker out of the door frame and lift it off the tabs on the bottom. Disconnect the speaker's electrical connector.
Connect the replacement speaker to the electrical connector.
8 Secure the speaker to the lower tabs and pivot it into the mounting hole, clipping it in place with the door's mounting tab.
9 Press the plastic shield back into place on the door.
10 Reconnect the trim panel onto the door, connecting all needed electrical connectors and engaging all its clips, then apply its mounting screws. Reconnect all smaller panels and bezels to the panel.
11 Reinstall the window crank or control switch with its clip or electrical connector.
12 Reconnect the black battery cable onto the negative terminal.
sounds like the door release linkage has become disconnected at either the door handle or the door latch.the inner door panel will have to come off to get to the linkage inside the door.with the panel off you will be able to see where the linkage has come off.usually this happens at the door handle(interior).its usually just a broken clip that needs to be replaced.sometimes you can find this when you remove the panel behind or at the interior handle,and might be able to replace the clip without removing the door panel if your adept at working in tight spaces.
remove door panel to access latch the handles are attached to the lock and actuator by rods which are held in place by plastic clips usually these clips wear down and break or become disconnected or sometimes the lock actuator can stick from rust [lube up and move back and forth usually fixes ]as to the clips any auto store usually carry replacement
your linkage rod to the outside door handle has disconnected , if you open up the door panel to access the lock linkage rods you will find the rod that is disconnected . There is a plastic bushing the rod is secured with if it is broken you must replace it , if the rod will not stay in place replace the bushing , hope this helps you out
The outside door handle may be broken or may have become disconnected from the rod that allows the door to open. Sometimes the ther is a plastic clip that connects the rod to the door handle and could be broken any parts store will have replacement clips. Whatever the problem is, the door panel will have to be removed to be able to inspect the condition of the door handle and parts attaching to it.
Probably the plastic pivot has become disconnected at the joint behind the door panel. Have to remove the door panel to investigate and usually can pop it back together, or replace the pivot with used parts from a salvage yard if broken completely.