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The push rod has detached from the button making it impossible to open the door from the outside driver's side

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  • mbrewer835 Feb 08, 2010

    I removed the panel and saw that the rod connects to the button at the top by means of a cheap plastic clip, which is broken off. I tried a temporary fix by tying the rod to what was left of the clip with a piece of wire, but the rod will not move. I cannot activate the actuator by moving it by hand, either. The actuator is buried in the bottom of the door well which is all a welded part of the door. How do you access the actuator;do you need a special tool?

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You have to remove the door panel to get in and see if it is a broken clip or what.

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

  • henryj1953 Feb 08, 2010

    Unfortunately you need to replace the clip.. The dealer should have it in stock. BTY, you may want to buy 2 of them if you plan to keep the car.,,,,, just in case. Also the actuator, I presume you are saying the electric solenoid/motor for the lock. I don't believe a special tool is needed. If you go to the dealer parts dept, they may be able to print out an exploded vies of the assy. And it will give you some insight to whats involved.

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