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Unread 02-19-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
mahoneyn1994
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Passenger door wont open from inside!!

After one of my drunken buddy's yanked my handle hard from the inside, since then no one has been able to let themselves out of their passenger door

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Unread 02-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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After one of my drunken buddy's yanked my handle hard from the inside, since then no one has been able to let themselves out of their passenger door
this happened on my dad's old cherokee. You gotta take the door panel off and slip the rod that attaches to the door latch back in. IIRC the handle has it's own separate spring so it won't be floppy.... I don't have a picture unfortunately. it's a childhood memory. haha
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Unread 02-19-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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yea just take the door skin off. then the mechanism is very easy to get to
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Unread 02-19-2013, 05:49 PM   #4
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Errrr, don't literally do what Green4dr suggests (since the "door skin" refers to the steel, outer portion of the door). You may not even have to take off the (inner!!!) door panel - just remove the inside door handle (three screws) and gently pull it out and see if there is still a rod connected to the handle. If not, see if there's still a plastic thingamajig that lives in the hole the rod goes through - it should have a hole for the rod where it makes a 90 degree turn, and a "guide" to hold it in place just below that. If the plastic bit is broken (most commonly, the "guide" will snap off) then go to the dealer or junkyard and get some more. In a pinch, I've used some silicon tubing (that barely slides over the rod, and then barely fits through the hole in the handle mechanism). Saved me a trip, and let me put my door back together after painting the Jeep. FYI, the same clips are used on the door lock mechanism, so you can see what a good one looks like.

If the rod DOES still connect to your door handle mechanism, it's popped off the other end, and you will have to pull your interior (!) door panel off. It uses the same plastic clip, and is a little fiddly to hook up, but it's a pretty simple system.
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Unread 02-20-2013, 03:11 PM   #5
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Punch your bud in the face and make him fix it!!!!! Haha just like the other responses pop the panel off and re-attach. Oh yea by the way next time go in his ride and do the same thing to his.
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