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The door jam is not locking once the door is closed & the lock mechanism is froze in the open position. How do I begin to remove the door panel?

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There are Torx drive retainers that hold the outer door panel on. You will also need to remove the outer door handle and the window molding piece, and the outer door panel will come off. I would try spraying some WD-40 into the lock mechanism and with a screwdriver try to pry on it and operate the door handle to try to get it to release.

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