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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Re: After using slim jim car door will not open from...
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.
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Sounds like the activator rod that goes from the door Handle to the latch is disconnected. You will have to get the door open to repair it and a good mechanic or tow truck driver can use a slim Jim kit to get the latch to release and then you can pull the door panel and find the problem.
you probably pulled the rod off of the handle lever. once you get into the truck. take off your inner door panel and re connect those rods. there should be 3 screws on the bottom of the inner door panel. remove those and then lift the panel up and out.
I don't have a diagram of the door but if you slip the slim Jim in over the top of the outside door handle it should catch on the latch bar. If you are doing this because the door won't open from the interior handle or the outside handle the problem most likely isn't the lock. The way that handle connects to the release it is held in place with a piece of plastic that breaks fairly easy. If that piece breaks the interior door handle won't activate the unlock function when pulled and you will have a heck of a time getting the door opened so you can get inside the panel to do the repair.
Ok this one is a tough one. If your handle on the outside does not work for some time, then the rod that attaches to the handle has most likely come loose. Your options are limited. I usually do not recommend the use of a slim jim. However in this case, a slim jim is an option. Inside your read door panel are three main rods. One rod moves the inside handle. The other rod moves the outside handle. The third rod is attached to the lock knob. Using the slim jim slide it into the door. Hook it onto one of the rods and pull up slightly. Try to see what is moving when you move the rod. If it is the inside handle or lock knob is moving, then find another rod that moves nothing. That will be the rod that should be attached to your outside handle. Lift up on that rod and it should open your door. After you open the door, go ahead and take the time to fix your door, by removing the door panel and re-attaching the rod to the handle.
inside the door on the release mechanism there are two rods held to the lock assembly by nylon clips. One is activated when you open the door from the inside the other from the outside. It sounds like one of the nylon clips has broken or come loose. This often happen after someone has locked their keys in the vehicle and used a slim jim to open the door.(a slim jim is a long flat piece of metal used to trip the lock from outside by inserting it between the window and the weatherstrip and activating the rod) Often during this process the rod is dislodged from the slot in the lock mechanism.
To access this you must first remove the inside door panel and the moisture barrier. You can then see if the rod is loose and if the clip is broken or just knocked loose. On some vehicles it's not possible to actually see the lock assembly and you have to feel your way through the process of checking for a broken clip or a loose rod.
Place a large screwdriver in the Latch (on the end of the door), and while lifting your inside or outside door handle (make sure the door's unlocked), move the screwdriver out until the hook re-opens. If this doesn't work, it sounds like the rods and plastic retainers within the door have come loose, which will entail the removing of the door panel. Should it come to that, then in moving the door openers (both inside and out), you will see which rod fell out of what and just snap it into place. Sometimes this occurs when you need assistance with keys locked in car and a "slim-jim" is used to pop the lock...the slim-jim will knock the door linkages off. If this be the case, contact the Wrecker Service that unlocked your car. For future reference, a good Wrecker driver will always go through the front right passenger door for "lock-outs."
The security guard knocked off the internal door handle and lock linkage, with the slim jim. It will be necessary to remove the door trim and re-attach disconnected linkage(s). Easier to remove trim with glass down, then repair with glass up