I did remove all the screws but, can not remove the panel with out opening the door.
i did prop open a space to look inside, i can see the remote control move the lock and unlock a slide bolt into the right side, the key does the same thing...
i believe it also latched at the bottem/center. i do not have the manuel just yet, so i donot know what is down there. do you?
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first you have to remove dead plugs on door handle and remove screws another screw on door opening handle and you have to disconnect 2 metal pins behind that and look all around the door panel sides and under should have several rivets make sure no any screw and rivets left on door panel pull door panel foward and pull it up dont go too hard dont damage door panel conections for proper reinstallation. before removing door panel from the door dont forget disconnect cable connections from window and door lock switches.good luck
In most cases, all you need to do is open the door handle as you normally do to open the door. While holding it in the open position, use a screwdriver to rotate the latch back to the open position. Look at a door that's open and you will see what needs to be moved. If it hasn't been damaged by slamming the door on it, that should work. Otherwise you will need to open up the door panel and remove the assembly and either repair or replace it.
You need take off the instrument cluster; remove 3 screws above instrument panel cluster holding dash pad for open the glove box and remove 2 screws holding dash pas.
Remove dash pad pulling up to unsnap end clips. With driver's door open, remove 1 screw from the side of the lower trim panel. You have all details in ZJ-Secc-8E-Instrument-Cluster-and-Gauges (page 21 and next).
i just fixed the liftgate on my 1998 JGC Laredo this afternoon: door handle, when lifted, does not release latch mechanism
here is a solution that may apply to you...
1. open liftgate flipper window
2. remove door panel screws from inside
3. use coat hanger to pull up on locking mechanism arm (at the bottom) to release latch mechanism
4. with door now open, remove remaining door panel screws to completely remove door panel
5. adjust the positioning of the latch rod in its retaining clip (open clip and reposition rod)
in my case, I had took much slack and repositioned the rod by a few threads (about 1/8th inch) in the clip.
be sure rod is seated fully in the clip and that the clip is securely closed
5. test your fix before re-assembling everything
jg-demedina- 2 solutions
1. remove all screws including 2 screws mounting interior pull handle, then remove the interior panel by steadily pulling away the panel. You will hear the panel clips popping as you pull away the panel. Some of the clips will break...but not to worry...50 cents a clip at the Chrysler dealer. This panel comes away from the interior of the door just like every other panel does on every other car!
2. Do not take the advice of this person you are calling a mechanic.
I have been working on cars for many years and, the first thing i do when getting a new car (new to me) is to go to the auto parts store and get a Haynes repair manual for it....they take the car completly apart and put it back together and give detailed instructions on how to do it yourself..
aside from that, you can take out all the screws you can find holding the panel on then the panel should be held on but a series of push-lock type pins....insert a large flat screwdriver between the panel and door and try to figure out exacty where those pins are. DONOT pry too hard as the panel is like a cardboard composite that can rip...when you find where a pin is, try to get as close to it as possible to aviod ripping the panel. Of course once you get the first pin dislocated it is easier to locate the others...
IMPORTANT...when you get the panel off, there should be a piece of plastic over the door held in place with a tar like glue....remove this carefully as this keeps air and moisture from getting in your car.
Your door locks should be accessable then.
Again I suggest getting the Haynes manual they are about $15 and will save you alot in the long run
good luck...post a follow up comment if you run into any snags
most likely the inner door handle has a broken hooking tab for the rod to the latch plate.most door panels are held in place with a few screws around the door pull handle and arm rest than most of the sides and bottom of the door panel are held by plastic snap clips. with a large straight blade screw driver start at a corner of the door panel , slide the blade of the screw driver under the edge of the panel and lightly pry out untill you lossen up one of the clips than slide along the screw driver to the next clip , keep going till the panel is lossened up.
There are two screws in the arm rest and one behind the handel used to open the door. remove those. then use something flat but firm like a butter knife and work your way around the edges. pry up under the pannel and pop out each of the pins holding the panel. don't rip just pull gentle but firm.