Busted Door Latch

Kent McLean kentmclean at mindspring.com
Thu Jan 5 08:14:01 EST 2006

George Sidman wrote:
> This afternoon something gave way inside the driver's side door and now I
> can't open the door from inside or outside. I heard and felt it break, and
> obviously it is right there at the latch mechanism.  The question is, since
> I can't open the door, can I 1) remove the inner panel with the door closed,
> or 2) is there any way to get the door to unlatch with the linkage busted?

If I were in your situation, I'd pull the panel on the
passenger door, study how the release mechanism works,
then try to work the mechanism on the driver's door
using a metal blade (hacksaw blade, long knife, etc.).
You may have to work it from inside, rather than outside.
With the door open, then you could remove the driver's
door panel and fix the problem.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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