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The front right passenger door wont open from outside

The front right passenger door won't open from the outside. we took it all apart, but we don't know whats wrong with the locking mechanism. What could be the problem?

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This is almost always because a rod and clip have come apart.The rods that go from the handles to the mechanism are just under ¼" thick, and hve the last maybe 3/8" bent over at a 90º angle. That bent over part then goes through a hole in the mechanism for the rod to do its job. There is a plastic clip in the hole, which the rod end is pushed into. Then a little part off to the side of the plastic clip is clipped over the rod to hold the rod end in the hole.

When those clips get hard with age, they fracture, let go of the rod, and then the rod falls out of the hole in the mechanism.

The rods from the outside handle to the mechanism are pretty short, and are hard to see. They are rather hidden by the mechanism itself.

Make sure the window is up so the glass doesn’t get in the way. You might need a dental mirror to see what’s going on. (They sell that type of thing, but bigger than what the dentist puts in your mouth, at auto parts stores.) You might be able to get a good look with a hand-held mirror.

If you need a flashlight, put the flashlight by your ear, and point it at the mirror to bounce the light off the mirror to what it is that you are trying to see. Once you have seen what you need to do, you will probably need to do the actual repair by sense of touch.

Don't do this on grass. If you are trying to install the clip and you drop it, it can hide really well in grass.

Posted on Jul 06, 2010


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