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After using slim jim car door will not open from outside or inside

I locked my keys in the car and used a slim jim to open the door. now the door will not open from the outside or the inside. when I lift the handle on the outside it is really light and from the inside it is tight when ifting the handle. I don't believe it is catching the lock to open the door, please help. I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota

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You probably knocked the door linkage off during the slim jum operation, You will need to remove the inner door panel and re-connect the door handle linkage. Hopefully you did not break the plastic clip.

Posted on Nov 05, 2013

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SOURCE: I used a slim jim and now my door won't open from the outside.

Open up the door panel and put the control rod back on. that often happens when getting in that way...still cheaper than a locksmith or a window!! (clip is probably in the bottom of the door)

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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