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Driver side door lock seems mechanically "stuck"

Driver side door lock seems mechanically stuck--won't unlock unless front of vehicle is parked on a slight downgrade. Won't unlock with remote or by manually inserting key to unlock. I have to open door by reaching indide door handle from back opened door or front passenger side & sometimes handle is hard to pull open this way. How do I gain access to the door handle & locking mechanism inside the door to see if I can fix it?

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  • woodduckfrit Mar 08, 2009

    How do you remove door panel? I don't see any screws to remove.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Can't open door won't unlock

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There are several screws you have to remove remove the trim piece around the inside handle the panel lifts off dont pry it off or it will break the door latch usually binds and has to be replaced

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The panel pops off. There are cheap tools to help with this at your local AutoZone. You may be able to just pull them off, you will need new clips which are just a couple of dollars or else your panels will be loose when you put them on. There maybe a screw or 2 that will be hiding and you will find them as your taking the panel off, start at the bottom. As for your original problem I would say the linkage is binding up some where and needs a bit of grease. Hope this helps. Richard

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