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The outer panel of the drivers' & passengers' doors are loose at the bottom and make it difficult to open the door.

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Take your car to a body shop or a dealership, they can pull off the body panels, find out why, and replace the broken pieces or parts. The dealership is always the better way to go even if they are a little more expensive because if they scratch your paint or break something they will make things right.

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Have your flashlight, ultra thin screw drivers & needle nose pliers handy as most clips are plastic ... & unpredictably unforgiving! ;-)

They're vaguely like the butterfly/toggles used to anchor hooks, etc. on to drywall. Just a solid piece of (usually) plastic, so no spring/hinged part.

Imagine a capital "T" inside of & over a capital "V" ... the top of the "T" fits a slot in the door panel & the V part pushed through a corresponding hole in the metal comprising the car door.

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You will need to remove the door panel and find out what is broken or loose. Unscrew the arm rest and release the clips that you will find around the outer edge of the interior door panel. Once you have it open, look in the bottom of the door to find any parts that have come loose. You may want to remove the panel on the passenger side so you have an example of how a working one should look.

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It is extremely difficult to remove the door panel with the door closed. You mentioned that you can unlock the door with a key, so does the door still open and close once unlocked? You most likely just need to replace the power door lock solenoid, as when they fail, they usually sieze up, and make manual lock unlocking difficult.

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good day, well sir your so close from opening the doors. if you find the metal wiring that connects to the door lock then you have to force it a little to let loose. Its gonna be a little tight coz the electronic lock is still connected. if its too tight try removing the steel wires from the power lock connection then try letting the steel wires again. hope this helps and have a nice day.

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the door handle is either broke or a part of it has slipped loose, either way, you'll have to remove the inner door panel to get to it, this is not difficult, a few screws and the panel is retained by push in type plugs that can be pryed loose. the entire door latch assy is held in by screws and is serviced by replacement, the difficulty come with very tight area to work in, and is irritating and time consuming, if you are not good with tools i'd suggest a good mechanic or body shop. always get a quote!!

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How to open passenger side door panel


Difficult to describe without pictures & illustrations.
1. The door handle is two-piece and the top piece is pryed off/out with a small screwdriver (needs to be removed in order to access two phillips screws behind it.. one at the top and another at the bottom).
2. The door release handle (inside cover) also has a small square cover that needs to be removed to access another phillips head screw behind it... then the cover pops out.
3. Below the arm-rest, there are two more cosmetic plugs covering two more (larger) phillips head screws which must be removed as well
4. The tweeter speaker (forward upper corner of the door is also 'popped' out to allow lifting the panel out of the door frame.
5. Now, there are approx four (4) more screws which need to be removed (covered by cosmetic bottons) three (3) aft and one (1) (possibly 2) forward.
6. Finally, the door panel is held in place by several pop-in round clips. Start prying at the bottom of door panel to start popping them loose & work your way upward to the top of the door panel... once all pop-in clips are popped out, you can now LIFT on the panel to remove it from the door frame. -- careful with the wire harness & connectors inside the door panel & cavity.

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