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I have replaced the back door handle worked perfectly until... Now the back door will not open. How do I get the latch to release. I believe the metal rod may have come loose I am looking for any way to get the door open

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Your might have to remove door trim panels from the inside with door closed. Tricky, but I've done it. Hope this helps

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