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Drivers side door, not opening

My drivers side door on my 1999 suburban is now not opening from the inside, what happened? How much is this going to cost to fix? Can I do it myself?

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  • ndungy Jul 16, 2008

    same problem here. It just stopped opening from the inside one day although at times if I pull the handle really hard I can get it open.

  • Anonymous Jul 30, 2008

    I have the same problem...I roll down the window and open from the outside. I met others that hve experienced the same problem. I have a 1999 1500 surburban with over 110 k miles.

  • janisk57 Sep 07, 2008

    I have had the handle mechanism replaced once on the driver's side, but it is now broken again and the passenger side doesn't open either. I, too, have talked to several others who have had this problem. I think it is a faulty design or something!

  • elizsfill Sep 09, 2008

    Had the same problem with the drivers door. I replaced the door handle and has been fine. I was told it has todo with the does are so heavy over time the pins kind of wear out and the doors drop just enough so it effects the operation of the door handles. I found trying to buy and install a handle by a dealership was insane in price, I and found a place online that was very inexpensive to buy parts for my Suburban and installed it myself. It is a very easy fix.

  • JohnNewport Dec 09, 2008

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  • fnewport Dec 17, 2008

    Yes, same problem on my 1999 GMC Suburban, 123,000 miles, driver's side door will not open from inside; will open easily from outside. Assume it happens on driver's side first because that door is used so much more often. My local mechanic says he will fix it tomorrow, but not sure what he's planning on doing.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Drivers side door will not open from inside it has some connection broken loose I want to know how to fix it

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VERY common issue.. the handle being replaced is ok.. but the actual metal rod that connects it to the latch needs bent a little to make it more responsive, what happens is over time this rod (which is bent slightly) will straighten, and the operator pulls harder on the handle which eventually brakes.. then replacing the handle will solve it for a while, until the trend repeats itself... VERY common, I have fixed hundreds in the shop so far...

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Yes you can. I have already replace interior door handles at least 3 times in my 99 suburban.
Go to Autozone or Advance Auto. They have door handles for less than $20.
You will need a rivet gun with rivets greater than 1/8" to rivet the new handle.
The handles dont last because GM designed to break after so many pulls. Pewter metal just don't have the strenght.
This what I did: Disconnect negative battery terminal, remove door panel, drill out old rivet holding the assembly in place, disconnect the rods(2 of them) use a dead blow hammer to tap on the right side of the old handle assembly to free it from the door. Reverse procedure to install new handle

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Its the inside plastic door handle pull. the plastic breaks where the inside pull mechanism attatches to it. Notice, the handle pulls out farther than the one on the other door,but still wont open the door.

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I can't open the door o my 1999 suburban how can i open it to get inide the door to replace the handle

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