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'87 Camry door lock doesn't work

My key won't work in the door lock on driver side. Can't unlock door. How do I repair and how do I remove the interior door panel? Thanks.

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  • drave24491 Jan 26, 2009

    I have tried graphite spray and spare keys. The other locks on the car all work. 

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with my 87 camry. The key works with all other doors except drivers side front. I can unlock it from the inside by just pulling up the door lock. I have two keys and have same issue with both.

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Try putting a little graphite lock lube in the lock to see if it is just stuck first. Does your key work on the other locks? Do you have a spare key that you haven't tried? If you need to pull the lock, use a trim removal tool to pull the door panel off, starting at the bottom removing the clips on the outer edge of the panel. Unscrew the fasteners holding the armrest on and be careful of the door handle to avoid bending the linkages. Door locks don't fail too often.

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  • 240cpa Jan 26, 2009

    Follow my instructions for getting the door panel off. Remove the lock and take it to a locksmith.

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