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    Thread: B4 door will not open

    1. Member justin717's Avatar
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      04-28-2012 12:26 PM #1
      Passenger door does not open. Inside and outside handles do nothing, lock mechanism operates normally. I cant even get the door open to get the card off to look inside. Any Help?

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      04-28-2012 12:46 PM #2
      try pulliing the inside handle as far as possible, grab the wire with some pliers and pull hard. You probably need a new outside handle and a latch adjustment. If you can get it open, leave the door panel off until you are sure you have it right.

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      04-29-2012 11:44 AM #3
      Didn't work, plueed it back as far as I could get it.

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      04-29-2012 12:27 PM #4
      Open the passenger rear door, this will give you access to the latch mechanism of the front door. With a long flat screwdriver, lift the little round-ish pin protruding from the mechanism. This will release the latch and open your door. Once it's open, remove door-card and inspect the latch mechanism.

      I've had this happen to me once, and just opening the door this way and closing it was ok to get the mechanism working again. Lubed all the relate components properly, and it hasn`t happened since then.

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      04-29-2012 01:57 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by justin717 View Post
      Passenger door does not open. Inside and outside handles do nothing, lock mechanism operates normally. I cant even get the door open to get the card off to look inside. Any Help?
      i have the same problem... lol but its my driver side rear door.

    6. 06-07-2012 10:12 PM #6
      same problem with drivers side front door. its been stuck closed and parked for a year. pulled the handle, yanked the cable and it just popped open!!! thanks anti

    7. 06-08-2012 07:27 AM #7
      For rear doors that won't open, get in and on the back seat. Work at pulling back the trim just aft of the door opening about where the lock box is and the weatherstipping (look at the other door for approximate placement.). What you are trying to get to is latch/stricker pin that the lock box engages when the door is closed. Once you can see it (flashlight) use a flat blade screwdrive to release the mechanism and the door will open. Then you can work on it.
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      06-08-2012 05:04 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by pos85gli View Post
      i have the same problem... lol but its my driver side rear door.
      I have the same problem, but its my rear hatch...

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