1993 Chevy Corsica Door Won't Open
Yes, Ray, remove the door panel...I don't know any other way to get to the door latch. With the door not opening, 2 choices: you can destroy the panel by cutting out or tearing off part of it-kind of around where the door latch is. Or you can remove the four bolts to the driver's seat, pull it out the passenger side, then you would probably have room to get the panel off. You might want to figure out how to get the panels off by taking off the passenger door panel, where you can work and see it. It is actually pretty easy. A few screws, one behind the inner door handle, a few others-look around. Armrests or door pulls have larger screws. Window crank handles are retained to a short shaft by a wire spring clip. There is a cheap hand tool for removing this clip, purchase at any parts store. Get all the screws out. then slip a thin blade screwdriver or putty knife at the bottom of panel, and pry out-there are about 10 or 12 plastic push button pins around the bottom and up the sides part way. Get the screwdriver close to them and pry outward, you can pop them out of the holes they fit in, in the door frame. Once you get them popped out, each one will make the panel looser and looser, when all are loose, panel will be floppy-pull out from the bottom and lift up-up so the panel lifts out of the window channel. there, done. If any plastic pins broke, don't worry, the others will keep the panel good and secure to the door, or you can buy those pins at parts stores or grab a bunch at salvage. If you decided to just rip the door panel off around the latching area, look for another panel at salvage.
Okay, with no panel in the way, one other thing: the plastic water barrier shield, a piece of thin plastic sheeting glued to the door frame behind the panel. Peel it off as necessary to reach into the latch. Trip the latch to open the door. Both the outside handle and the inner handle operate the latch by rods. The small rods are retained by small plastic clips. Maybe your rods have slipped loose. Also check if the lock rod is unlocked. Sometimes, the lock won't fully release. Keep working at it till you get the door open. (Don't put the panel back on till you know the door will open and close.) You should be able to see why the latch won't release. If you see nothing wrong, spray the latch liberally with a penetrant, like WD40, spray it anyway to get past years of dirt and gunk build up. Whatever is broke, replace from salvage-the latch, handles, rods, etc. Sometimes the rods can get bent and the handles won't work.
Hope you get it, let me know. Post back if further questions on this.
Feb 01, 2014 |
1993 Chevrolet Corsica