[Vwdiesel] Jetta door stuck shut, now what?

Nate Wall natewall1 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 26 13:00:24 EDT 2003

To be sure to get the right rod, remove the inner door
panel and peel back the plastic rain shield and fiddle
w/ the door latch/lock rods. You'll find the right one
to pull. WD-40 or other penetrant will be invaluable
if the mechanisms are siezed up.

If you need pannel removal tips, just ask.

--- Mike & Coreen Smith <ve9aa at nbnet.nb.ca> wrote:
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> Hi Gang,
> Been offlist for a while., working mostly on my 78
> Austin Mini Cooper
> (replica) project car.
> Anyways.........I've had the door latch on and off
> my 88 Jetta so many times
> I could do it with my eyes closed and one hand tied
> behind my back.  The
> lock wasn't working well.  Anyways, to make a long
> story short, the door is
> shut and I have no way to open it !!
> I picked up a new latch at the junkyard today from
> an '85 (looks the same -I
> think) but no way to install it as the door won't
> open.
> Outside handle is OFF the car.
> When I reach "inside" the door from outside and
> press down on the release
> tab, it goes down a bit and makes the smallest, most
> feeble barely
> perceptible "clunk" but will not open the door.  I
> am prying up on the lock
> lever and can't say for sure if it's actually
> releasing or not. (50-50
> chance)
> Any ideas how to get the door open w/o the 'jaws of
> life' ?
> Mike in NB, 88 Jetta GL 1.6L TD
> Mike, Coreen & Corey Smith
> 271 Smith Rd
> Waterville, NB
> E2V 3V6
> Canada
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