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97 mercury cougar xr7 how do i get door panel off if I cant open door?

I have no outside or inside door handles. I was using long needle nose pliers to grab a rod thru the inside door handle to push back on the rod towards the door jam and the door would open , now I think the rod has fallen to the bottom of the door, now cant get door open how do I get the door panel off from the inside?

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    jazzy Apr 21, 2014

    Hi Jennifer go to your nearest public library (ask to use their computer & have the librarian assist you to their website & access to their paid website- *tell her you need to go to (it's free through the library, but you have to pay for the website to use it). After you get to the site put you car,make,model,engine size (Then go to the doors schematics & it will show you a view of your car door exploded so you know piece by piece what's where. They have the whole car like that plus engine trouble codes & much more. Good luck- Xx, JazzyCleveland

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    jazzy Apr 21, 2014

    Hi again- I meant You'd have to pay to use the site anywhere BUT the library.



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It should still be possible, using a little bit of force. all screws and bolts holding on the panel are accessible, even with the door closed...but the panel maybe slightly pinched on the front and rear ends, and possibly on the bottom...but pulling hard on the handle once every bolt and screw is removed should force the panel loose

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