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Is there a way to open a club cab door with a broken latch, the bottom latch is froze solid, i need to get the door open tp replace the latch, wondered if there were any tricks to getting this done

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Pull the door panel and unbolt the latch from the inside if that is not possible cut the part the latch attaches to on the body with a diegrinder

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