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1991 Toyota Previa LE - driver door won't unlock

The driver door is not unlocking no matter what I do: when I use the key from the outside, or from the inside, when I flip the little button in the "unlock" position (it will not toggle completely when I try to "unlock" the door from the inside, it will flip back to the "locked" position when I release it.

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  • dbkoppich Jan 09, 2009

    It has power door locks. The lock on the inside of the door shows that it has been unlocked, in
    the sense that it moves into the unlocked position, but the door doesn't
    open. All the other doors unlock when I use the key on the outside of the driver's door, but the driver's door does not open.

  • Damian Lyman May 11, 2010

    Does it have power door locks if so it could have a short somewhere causing the door lock moter stuck on lock position.have you lost battery power

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moz-screenshot.jpgmy power lock on drivers side door wont unlock the key wont unlock it either how can i get the door unlocked

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the linkage inside the door must have come undone. Yea you need to take the inside door panel off to see it

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sounds like power door actuator is bad. only way to fix is replace.

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Try to replace fuse #13

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