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Driver side door mechanism

I went to get into my car the other morning and the door handle on the driver side didn't work. I lifted the handle and it felt like it wasn't connected to anything. I didn't hear or feel anything break. It just didn't work.

I don't know how to remove the inside panel to try and fix the problem. I am down to two functioning doors (from the out side) both on the passenger side!

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  • lneustadt Apr 15, 2009

    I have power windows. Any further words of wisdom?


    Thanks

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I had the same problem. I took it to the shop and it was a simple fix. I think it was a cable that got disconnected.

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Can you open the door with the inside handle? If you can, the problem is probably a broken plastic fitting inside between the outside handle and the door latch. There are door panel removal tools available at your local parts store that look like short handled wide bladed pry bars. You could get by with a good stiff putty knife if needed. Take off the arm rest, window crank, and speaker grill if you have aftermarket speakers. Slide the door panel removal tool under the edge of the door panel and CAREFULLY pop the clips loose from the door frame. You could always leave the window open and do the "Dukes of Hazard" thing, but then you would have to change the paint scheme.

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

  • Fahr Quad Apr 15, 2009

    Pretty much the same as above, except unplug the wiring for the window switches when removing the door handle. If the door handle is molded into the door panel (I really can't recall what the interior looks like at the moment), remove the screws under the handle, then pop the clips loose and unplug the wires.

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