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Please help me with my door

Back in Chicago, some kid snapped my door handle or something. Not sure how it happened but a kid did it. Now the door won't open.. please help me get it open, and replace the handle ! Then I dont have to think about it anymore.

When I first got the car, the passenger side front one got replaced too.

I was going to put this in "General Chat" but thought it could be an issue, hopefully this does not happen to someone else, with the door handles.

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Check out the DIY section for some good info (although some of the threads no longer have pictures). Here's how to remove the inside and outside handles. This is for the front, but the rear is very close to the same. Use a small flat head screwdriver to undo the clips holding the rod to the inside door handle. The window crank has a c-clip securing it. Push the door card towards the door frame and you can get it either with a hooked tool or a screw driver.



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There is a particular "trick" to get the inside handle off without snapping/breaking it further? I think this is the original one.

When it is off, I can try pulling really really hard on the rod to get it to open like this guy with his Acura did...

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Not that I am aware of. You've already removed the screw, slid the handle slightly forward and now it's only help by the rod and clip. Don't attempt to yank the rod or you risk damaging it, or breaking more clips that hold it. Look carefully at the clip and how it's secured to the rod and you will see it's a U shaped plastic clip, but the U is turned on it's side. The end of the rod is also bent and goes down into that clip. You want to use a small flat head to press against the "top" of the U to get it to pop off the rod, then it will rotate out of the way and the rod can be pulled out of the clip.
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I am not sure how I did it, but I can look into the part of the door between the door and the frame. By looking at the other door, it looks like the child safety lock is indeed on on the side that will not open.

I am trying to move it with a long screwdriver.. should I pick up a Slim Jim too, or continue trying to get the child safety lock off with a long screwdriver? It seems to almost want to come off, then pop back.
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With the child safety lock on you should still be able to open it with the outside handle, but that is broken, but if you could pull the rod that is attached (or should be attached) to the outer door handle then maybe it will open. Maybe you could reach something down there past the window trim.
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I missed the part about the door being stuck shut. I tried searching threads for a solution but came up empty.
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Do rear latches F up the way the front ones do, with the spring breaking and making it impossible to unlock and hence open the door?

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This is where I am presently at. This shows the length of my tool etc.

Where am I aiming, what am I looking for, please be literal, been years since I used one?


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Do you know where to pull?

Take apart other door panel and look at how mechanism works when you pull on door handle. You'll find that slim-jims won't fit in latch mechanism where it's needed. You might just be able to unlock door.. Better to make custom puller with coat hanger as you'll need slight C shape to it. Also need a 1/2" 90-degree "finger" bent at end. Mark on coat-hanger depth needed. Practice unlatching the working side so you can do it in 5-seconds without breaking anything. Then go to blind side.

Yeah, I used to go to school with kids that broke into cars to steal alarm system.
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Do you know where to pull?

Take apart other door panel and look at how mechanism works when you pull on door handle. You'll find that slim-jims won't fit in latch mechanism where it's needed. You might just be able to unlock door.. Better to make custom puller with coat hanger as you'll need slight C shape to it. Also need a 1/2" 90-degree "finger" bent at end. Mark on coat-hanger depth needed. Practice unlatching the working side so you can do it in 5-seconds without breaking anything. Then go to blind side.

Yeah, I used to go to school with kids that broke into cars to steal alarm system.
Ahhhhhh. So.. my Slim Jim wont work?

If not, let me look to see if I have any wire hangers... this is very helpful. If i can pop the door... I'll take pics when I get home from work. I also ordered the outside door handle.
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I totally do not know where to put the slim Jim down. Also, previous post makes it seem like that may not help.

Is my door coming apart no matter what on the inside to get the outside handle off?
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Yes. To get to the exterior handle, you need to remove the door card/interior panel. Maybe you can get the one off of the stuck door, intact, if you remove the back seat?

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Yes. To get to the exterior handle, you need to remove the door card/interior panel. Maybe you can get the one off of the stuck door, intact, if you remove the back seat?
I actually recently watched a video where a Youtuber with an almost exact issue did all that work (on a different car, an Acura TL, but exact same issue) and was not able to get any more access to the door and did so all for naught...

He says he finally got it open by pulling so hard on the rod he thought he was going to break it.

I dont know.

I can get some shots on how the door looks at the latch.. but, if it is all coming off anyways.. alright then. I just dont want to break anything not broken. That inside handle is ON THERE! I see where it would break.. Maybe some penetrating lube?
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