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I cannot open the side door behind the driver's seat. I took off the door panel and cannot manually trip the latch or latches to unlock the door. I need pictures of where the contact points are and al

I need a new technician! I have not received the help I need! Please help me.

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  • joelmargolis Jun 01, 2009

    no the handle moves on the outside and the button on the inside depresses but does not release. Can I get a new technician if you do not know? I also need pictures of the assembly. Can I get these? Thank you very much.

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Is the handle locked in place not able to move?

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