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My driver's door is locked shut.the key works but won't unlock the door it is not the key cylinder i think it is the locking mechanism in the door.how do i get at the panel with the door closed

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Its a spring that brakes off on the door latch that hooks up to the lock mechanism. it happens all the time, on my car twice. you gotta get any screws you can off door panel and then get tough with it and pull it off. its not easy. but i havent broke mine yet. replace the spring, dont need a whole latch

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