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Difficult to put in words so my best advice is go to Nissan Parts dept and ask them to print you an exploded diagram of the internal door mech parts as you may need to order some clips etc... most parts guys will do this. The diagram will make the job easy for you
Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield from front door (20124).
Mark the location of the bolt retaining front door glass run front retainer
(21572). Remove the bolt.
Check all rod connections against the appropriate illustration. Correct any
disconnected or loose connections and check operation before replacing parts.
Remove power door lock actuator (218A42).
Disconnect the rods from the front door latch (21812). The front door latch
remote control link (21940) and the latch-to-lock cylinder rod cannot be removed
at this time because of the rod's end configuration. Remove wiring from clip on
front door latch shield.
Remove front door latch control cylinder rod (22134) from the door lock
Remove front door latch remote control and link (21818).
Remove the front door latch retaining screws. Disconnect the door open
warning lamp switch (14018) if so equipped. Remove the front door latch from the
NOTE: Do not damage anti-theft shield.
Remove anti-theft shield from the front door latch.
Remove front door latch remote control link, front door latch control
cylinder rods and door open warning lamp switches from front door latch where
Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
Tighten front door latch retaining screws 4-8 Nm (36-70 lb-in).
Front Door Latch Control Cylinder Rod
Front Door Latch Remote Control Link
Door Latch Shield
Power Door Lock Actuator
Front Door Latch Control Cylinder Rod
Front Door Latch
Latch (1 Req'd)
Screws (2 Req'd)
Inside of the door there are rods that connect from your inside door handles to the the latch mechanism. The rods are connected to both the handle and the latch with plastic clips. To check you will have to remove the door panels and see if the rods are attached or if the plastic clips are broken or missing. The clips are a very cheap part to replace. Any local auto parts store should have them in stock. Also very easy to install. Hope this helps. Happy motoring.
Hi, take the inner door panel off, look around should be a rod that goes from the outside handle to the door latch mechanism, its either broken or unhooked.
This is how i solved a similar problem.
When I removed the door panel and looked inside I was able to see the small rod that attaches to the outside handle was not connected. I tried to snap it back in but it wouldn't stay so I pulled the rod over where I could see that the small plastic part on the end of the rod that holds it in place had one side snapped off. Should be easy to fix once I locate the part. Just did this today and haven't looked for the part yet.
You will need to remove the inside door trim panel and check the three (3) rods and plastic connectors that connect:
(a) the inside door handle to the door mechanism
(b) the inside door lock knob/outside key lock cylinder to the door mechanism
(c) the outside door handle to door mechanism.
Most likely one (or more) of these rods have either become loose or the plastic lock clips have broken.
The "L" end of the rod goes thru the hole of the clip and the clip has a pivoting "U" shape that goes over and locks onto the rod.
Based on the your year (2000) it might be a good idea to remove all clips and rods; and remove the entire door mechanism. Inspect, clean, lubricate, and re-install it.
Get the Chilton for your car (any auto parts store, about $20 - and you should have it anyway), or look up online the diagram for the inside of the door. It sounds like the rod that connects to the handle to pull it open isn't connected. You might have to just slip it back into the bracket, or you might have to replace the whole bracket the rod fits in.
The lock slider clips on to the rod. Remove the screws holding the plastic trim plate on and pull it loose where the rods are the only thing holding it from coming off. the door handle usually will not come out untill you take the lock slider off the lock rod. You have to start from the back part of the plastic slider and just pry it gently off of the rod, the rod has a dog leg that goes in the very end of the slider and usually a small piece of rubber on it if it has never been removed a little gentile prying and a little twisting and it comes right off.