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Door wont open from inside or outside

Cold temps and locks frozen. Poured warm water to unfreeze locks. Door mechanism appears to be broken. Unfortunately now I cant open door from inside or outside. I can probably fix the door mechanism IF i knew how to get the door open in order to remove panel

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You most likley have a damaged inside door handle. To remove the door panel, you must first remove the handle bezel. The trim piece around the handle. It is held in place by 4 retainer tabs, take a small flat screw driver, insert it between the bezel and handle. Gently pry away from the handle. If you look in the crack around the handle you will see the tabs. When you get that off, remove the switch assembly by prying up on it gently, unplug the wiring. There are 2 screws in the door panel where you pull the door shut, remove those also. Start at the bottom front of the door panel, pull outward firmly, but not violent. The retainers will come out, you will most likley break some, this is common. The inside handle is about $45 from your dealer. If it is the handle it is held in with 1 rivit, drill it out with a 3/16 drill. Replace the handle, reassemble. Good Luck.

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The door latch which gets open/close is got stuck up and its got stuck up in locked position and that is not moving towards other position so the door is not getting opened.You need to open the door panel from inside and see the door locking latch ,and release the latch manually by pulling it towards out.But if this door locking latch is got cracked/broken and got stuck up in locked position then it that case the door latch has to be replaced. You can get the required part from local auto part store. --------- To remove the door panel:--- Start by trying to remove the trim plate around the power window buttons. Next, remove the trim around the door latch/power door switch. There will be screws behind each you have to remove. You also have to disconnect the electrical connections found in there. Finally, making sure the window is in the down position, pull up and out on the door panel to release the clips.------------ First lower the glass
Remove the screw in the control switch.
lift, tilt and slide the switch module up out of the door panel.
Pull the module out enough to be able to twist it, exposing the backside.
There might be a little blue cap on the plug, just twist to remove. Gently pry the electrical plugs loose. You might be able to just twist and push the module through the opening without unplugging the wires.
Also check down in the opening for a fastener screw to the door. If it is missing replace when reinstalling to prevent rattles.
OK, now remove the screw in the door handle's chrome trim piece and remove.
There are two screws at the edge of the panel at the latch end to remove.
There is a series of plastic clips at each end and across the bottom. Insert a putty knife between the panel and door frame, slide the knife until it meets a clip, with a quick pry of the knife the clip will pop loose, repeat at each clip. If any of the clips come loose and stay stuck to the door, just pry them out and reinstall back into the panel as necessary. They twist in.
Lift the panel straight up. Be careful there will be some wires to disconnect after you get the panel loose. If you have the illuminated key locks, there will be a thin black fiberoptic cable connection at the door light housing, it just pulls out.

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Posted on Oct 01, 2010

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Start by locating the screws in the door panel, usually around the the door handle itself. there may be some on the bottom, look to see. The rest of the door panel is held on by either plastic or metal push in clips,you may have to buy a door panel tool or use a 3" to 4" wide putty knife to ease otu the clips with. Once the door panel is removed, you probably find out that you'll need a plastic retainer clip to go back in place of the one broken, you can get these clips in the help section at Auto Zone, most GM cars have the same styles, just match the correct year model and vehicle type. remove any broken pieces from rod and replace new clip and install the rod in place simultaneously, usually slide the rod and clip together while twistng into the other rod's hole. re-install the door panel with the plastic factory sheet for noise and good luck.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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take it to a body shop and pay them some money to pull that interior panel off. you can fix the rod and reassemble the door yourself. the important thing is taking it apart without damage as there are no replacement parts around. they will have the tools and the knowledge.

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