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How do I remove the driver side door panel to get to the door latch. The door latch will not release from the outside or inside. I need to be able to remove the door panel but cannot open the door.

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If you can't open the door fromt inside or outside, you might have to cut the metal piece that the latch connects to when closing the door, using a sawzall.

I learned this trick from a local body shop where I live.

Replacing the piece is easy, with a large Philips bit.

Cheaper than ruining a door.

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