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Is this a major fix should I have towed to dealer Taking out mortgage on my residence first.

Have just p/u an 03 Tiburon that has been sitting for about 3 years now. Battery was dead so I replaced it. Car will not turn over when clutch is depressed as well drivers door will not open even though lock works using remote but only partially opens using key. Drivers window will not come down using inside door panel button but passengers works fine on either door. Just curious do these cars have to be cycled with one of the door locks similar to lets say newer Jeeps.

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    Paul McGrath May 11, 2010

    3 years is a long time.. good luck.



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Sounds like a weak driver's door lock/unlock actuator (rusted/oxidized) w/the trans clutch safety switch (Ignition Lock Switch) circuitIs this a major fix should I have towed to dealer  - 8209a90.jpg
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Driver's power window problem could be the control switch itself, or the motor has stalled (if only stalled, a simple 'SHOCK' to the motor can get it working again). With the driver's door window switch held in up or down position (depending wether window is UP or DOWN), momentarily HIT the interior door panel at the arm rest 'INWARD' (not too much force... just a SHOCK) you don't want to break the door panel. If this doesn't work, you'll need to gain access to the mIs this a major fix should I have towed to dealer - 3595015.jpgconnector to see if power Is this a major fix should I have towed to dealer - 8bc893e.jpgd are present at the window motor connector pins.3595015.jpg8bc893e.jpg

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