It has electric locks and windows but these work fine. Both the inside and outside door handles work and the linkages can be seen moving inside the door. When I reach inside the door I can feel the linkages moving all the way down the box housing the latch mechanism. The latch simply will not release and it cannot be remove with the door closed. It was suggested to me that I break off the latch mechanism from the inside. Is this my only option?
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Re: Both front doors on my "93" Corsica won't open.
You have to open the Window all the way And I Assume your looking Down Threw the Glass opening to View the Linkage,
their is a Spring for the Return of the latch, While looking at the Latching system, Look for the Spring that When you "Try" to open the Door it's Suppose to Compress, Most likely the Spring is Not Fully Releasing,
You may try WD40, And work the handles for a few mins and Then Try to Unlock the door for it to open, OR you can Try a LONG Screw drive to Slide the Spring to fully Non compressed state and then Make sure the Door Lock is in the Open State before you try the handles..
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Remove the door lining and look inside by the lock. There is a linkage that has come adrift. To remove the door lining, remove handles, escutcheons, and arm rests. Using a wide blade screw driver gently pop the plastic rivets that hold the lining to the door.
You will need to take the door panel loose from inside and see if the linkage that works the latch has come off and if so put it back on. Most cars have a few screws around the door handle and arm rest you have to take out and then they have clips around the bottom of the door that pop out to get the panel loose.
My friend just had this problem and he reached in and pulled the inside door handle back as far as it would go, and then let it go, allowing it to 'snap' back. For some reason this fixed it. We have no idea why. By doing this on one door, both rear door locks freed up and the rear locks are now working. Before, both rear locks were stuck and you could not open the doors from the inside nor the outside. Not sure why it works, but maybe it will work for you!
Heat will not help and can damage the door lock mechanism further.
You can try lubing the door lock, but I do not thing it will help. I think there may be something wrong with the mechanism, or you will get the same problem from outside and inside.
If the door is opening from the inside , then the door lock mechanism My still be working. On VW the outer handle is connected to the lock by a steel wire, or by a metal shaft.
To access the door lock you need to remove the internal door panel.
The door panel is held by hidden screws located on handles and by a set of clips located behind the panel near to the panel border.
I have service manual for several VW models, I will see if I can find the manual for 1995-1997 Passat and I will eventually send the diagrams to undo the door and access the lock.
probably need a new window regulator. ebay. 93 to 98 should fit.
Section 01-05: Trim, Interior
1998 Villager Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Trim Panel(s), Door
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301) if equipped with power locks or power windows.
CAUTION: Use care when removing the front door inside handle escutcheon (22620). Failure to do so can result in damage to the component.
Carefully pry off the front door inside handle escutcheon by inserting a standard 1/4 inch screwdriver between the top rear portion of the front door inside handle escutcheon and the front door trim panel (23942) .
If equipped with manual windows, slip a clean shop rag between the window regulator handle (23342) and the front door trim panel .
Pull the shop rag back and forth to release the window regulator handle clip.
Remove the three cover caps and front door trim panel screws.
Remove the one front door trim panel capped screws from the door pull handle.
If equipped with power windows, remove the door pull handle. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Slide a flat-bladed tool behind each of the retainers and twist the tool to disengage the front door trim panel from the front door (20124) .
Remove the front door trim panel.
To install, reverse the removal procedure.
Window Regulator, Power
Front Door Removal
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301) .
Remove the front door window glass (21410) . Refer to the front door window glass removal procedure in this section.
Remove the two front door brace bolts and the front door brace.
Disconnect the front window regulator electric drive electrical connector.
Remove the four front door window glass regulator track bolts.
Remove the three front window regulator electric drive bolts.
Remove the front door window glass regulator track and the front window regulator electric drive (23394) as an assembly through the opening in the front door (20124) .
Install the front door window glass regulator track and the front window regulator electric drive as an assembly through the opening in the front door .
Install the three front window regulator electric drive bolts. Tighten the front window regulator electric drive bolts securely.
Install the four front door window glass regulator track bolts. Tighten the front door window glass regulator track bolts securely.
need to remove the interior door panels and check all the linkages. One of them is a brittle plastic linkage that is famous for breaking, and bits get caught up in the travel path of the door handle. I had taht issue, and rebult all mine with aftermarket plastic linkages, and the metal parts I pulled from junkyard cars. No way to fix it without removing the interior door panels, but that is thankfully a pretty easy job.