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Door handle rods are not working for the outside handle,if I close the door machanism I can move the rod manuly by hand ,but very hard to move . will not open with outside handle.

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You can adjust the length of the rod to make it longer and that should make it work. make sure you lubricate the latch assembly and maybe it will work better. good luck and thanks for using fixya

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