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Drivers side front door will not open from inside or outside even using the key

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Sounds like the clips that hold the rods, that operate your inside/outside door handles have come loose. You will have to get the door panel off...but first...you'll have to get the door open. OK...where your inside door "lever" is located....there is a plastic cover behind that lever.....also, there might be a small plastic access cover... over the screw that holds on this larger cover in place. If so....pop the little access cover off and there will be a screw behind it. (keep in mind...this is behind the inside door lever you pull on to open the door) remove the screw...remove the cover...you should now be able to see where the rod has come loose. if you cant grab it with your fingers, get a pair of pliers and pull forward ( toward the front of the car) to open the door. Make sure the door lock is off also. You may find the clip that holds the rod to the lever is broken or the rod has just fallen out of the clip. Sometimes, you can wire the clip into place so it dosnt come loose again. At this point, you will want to remove the door panel....because the "outside door lever...rod...is also loose...in which case you will need access to the inside of the door to fix it. Just remember, you only want to this once...so while in there...fix it right....

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Posted on Jan 02, 2011

  • chengyu314 Jan 05, 2011

    will that cost alot to fix? i mean if i send to shop? my car is 96 jaguar xj6 , i able to open from outside. But when i try to lift the from inside the door won't open .

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    Patrick Bogan Jan 05, 2011

    I posted back for an individual who had a BMW 3 car, I believe. It was procedure on how to remove door panel. If memory serves, the Jag is actually a little easier. But just FYI for yourself or anyone else needing assistance in this area....common sense goes a long way. Plus, its easy to become intimidated by a lot of modern type vehicles, especially Imports. But briefly, you will have three main large fasteners that bolt the "Door Handle" to the door ( this subsequently holds the door panel on too.....right..? Two bolts on the underside of the handle, and I believe, one at the top of the handle, just above where you grab the handle to open the door. You'll probably find this top bolt behind a cover. ( like a beauty ring, or appearance cover that hides the screw) Pop off that cover and wa-la...there's your screw. Down below on the bottom of the door pocket, you may find more screws, more covers....if not, then there are plastic clips that simply allow you to just pull straight out. Once the handle bolts, any fasteners that you can see on the outside (or behind covers) then search the remaining areas of the door panel ( such as behind the "lever") then pull straight out...you will hear the clips popping loose. Now that you have the door loose, all except the top....now lift straight up, and free it from the top of the door. With the panel off and in your lap, take loose the wiring connectors ( dont worry about plugging them back in the wrong way...they will only plug back in to their mate) the rods which operate your door latch...and some vehicles have the mechanical style adjuster for the rear view mirrors. (by the way, the fasteners that hold on the outside mirrors at the top front corner of your doors sometimes will have covers that not only hide those screws, but also help hold on the door panel itself) Just remember...If the door panel is not coming loose in a reasonable manner, there is still a screw somewhere, a plastic snap that hasn't released, or you haven't lifted up enough to free it.

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