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Latch on rear door(right) broken,cannot open door 1994 gmc safari

Latch moves but does not engage. tried to find a way in through trim not able to figure out.

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Go thru the panel on the inside back passanger door take out top scews and fold down stick hand in and pull the rod down this should open door then finish removing panel you should see the problem then

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For my 2003 Safari, there were two screws in the trim panel at the bottom of the door that can be removed when it is closed.

Metal clips were used to fasten the trim to the door, I was able to carefully pry the trim away from the door .... there were 4 or 5 metal clips on the side pillar and maybe three on the top.

One of the clips was at about the bottom of the window, the hole in the door that the clip fits in is big enough to get a screwdriver into. With a screwdriver, I was able to push the bar down which opened the door. If you have problems: (1) Make sure it is unlocked. (2) make sure to push lightly on the door to open it (it will not open on it's own).

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