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1995 Saturn SC door won't open from the outside.

My son locked his keys in the car and while trying to pop the lock with a "slim Jim", popped something loose and the door won't open from the outside. How do I correct this?

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You need to take the interor panel off and take a look the latch. the connecting rod from the outside handle to the the lock most likely is the problem.

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