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The driver-side rear door simply won't open. I was going to get my little boy out of his car-seat and the door won't open, so I just had to go to the passenger side. The child locks are on, fyi. The lock mechanism/indicator may be felt/seen "locking" and "unlocking", but door handle doesn't seem to work. The handle does pull in and out like normal.

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  • ttomcat50 Feb 06, 2010

    The mechanism inside the door is not complicated. The issue really is getting inside the door panel while the door is closed, without tearing it up. The car is not under warranty, due to the mileage, so I was a little worried about tearing into it. However... I did. It took me all of about 20 minutes to resolve the problem.

    I first had to remove the two screws (under armrest/handle and behind interior door opener) and carefully pull the top of the panel off of the edge of the door. Once I could pull it back a little, I could see the rod that goes from the outside door handle down to the actual latch. The rod is bent at the lower end and goes through a whole in the latch mechanism and is held in by a plastic "keeper". The "keeper had fallen off somehow and the rod was simply hanging from the door handle. I pulled the top of the panel back just enough to get my hand in far enough to actuate the latch, opening the door. Once opened, I could remove the entire panel. Being much more accessible now, I was able to reinsert the rod into the latch whole and maneuver the "keeper" back into place. It clipped on snugly, but I don't know how long it'll stay put.

    Thanks for the "help".


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Either that child locking feature is at fault or a rod that connects to the handle in the door fell off That are the two choices there is that can be wrong with it

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