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Unread 08-14-2010, 09:12 PM   #16
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Which type of lock do you have (locks on to a pin or has a latch like a house door)?

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Unread 08-14-2010, 09:15 PM   #17
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On my full door, I had to resort to taking an angle cutter to the plate that the latch attaches to the side of the door, and cut it. Then, I was able to move the two latch cams out of the way, freeing the door. The reason mine would not open was, the spring that releases the cams off the striker pin broke. I didn't know this until I cut the plate off.

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Unread 08-14-2010, 09:53 PM   #18
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I took the panel off and pulled on the rod that connects to the inside door handle lock lever.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:00 AM   #19
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Finally got the door off. Decided to unbolt the hinges on the door and sort of lifted it out.
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Unread 08-15-2010, 07:09 AM   #20
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Excellent, now's the time where my link way up top will come in handy trying to get it fixed!
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Unread 08-16-2010, 10:58 AM   #21
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Well in the process I think i may have done more damage then it originally had...just going to buy a new lock mechanism.... But thanks a whole lot to everyone for the advice!
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Unread 08-22-2010, 11:42 PM   #22
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when in doubt...rip it out!
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Unread 03-17-2014, 05:14 PM   #23
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My door is stuck too. I've tried everything except for taking the panel off. Can anyone suggest the easiest way to do this while the door is still on?
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Unread 03-18-2014, 12:14 AM   #24
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My door is stuck too. I've tried everything except for taking the panel off. Can anyone suggest the easiest way to do this while the door is still on?
For me, i sprayed a ton of PB blaster into the interior lock mechanism from lots of angles. Next...roll down the window all the way...aim a flashlight in there.. and jiggle the handle... You can spray PB blaster right on the seized/barely moving parts if you have good aim.

After letting the pb blaster sit and penetrate for a bit....start working the lock handles back and forth (one hand working the inside...and the other hand working the outside simultaneously.). Eventually, i was able to free mine this way.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 12:31 AM   #25
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First does the door handle go through it whole motion or does it get stuck 1/2 or 3/4 the way through. I will tell you what is causing which ever if is. I am a magnet for buying doors that love to break. Be careful messing with it. Those handle don't fit well an on to very thin clip hold it in place.

If it moves through the whole motion and nothing happens. Then there is no fix and you will have to open the panel. Not that hard really. I would do this for any of them.

If it only goes 1/2 then something is bent inside, almost always the locking linkage has bent most likely cause of your window catching it and making it stick or worse. You will have to remove panel or get lucky and it work again. You can pop the lockin. Button out but you mostly will damage it and it might not even help. Remove panel or if the inside lock button doesn't work right remove the inside door handle and inspect.


3/4 of the way. It is caused by a miss adjusted linkage in the opening linkage. There is a knob on the bottom of the inside of your handle and this part o the linkage a small lever should not pass this. Most likely it gets stuck around 3/4 and you have to push the handle back in. The best fix for this is a hammer if stuck, or a slim Jim. I have done both. But once again pull the panel very easy just remember you prob want to get some new adhesive to put it back on.

No mater which one it is remove panel take out to retaining clips on handles inside that holds the handle to door. Then from the out side pull the handle away from the door and press down on whole handle. If it doesn't open the door you have a lock issue.

Last hit that shat with a hammer, rubber of course!! It makes you feel better
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Unread 03-18-2014, 04:27 AM   #26
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My Drivers door will not open with out much force, but that is because the boddy is rotting an starting to colapases. Its not really notice able. I did not realize it until I put my hard top ans doors on for the winter. The drivers door would not close correctly.
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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:11 AM   #27
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First does the door handle go through it whole motion or does it get stuck 1/2 or 3/4 the way through. I will tell you what is causing which ever if is. I am a magnet for buying doors that love to break. Be careful messing with it. Those handle don't fit well an on to very thin clip hold it in place.

If it moves through the whole motion and nothing happens. Then there is no fix and you will have to open the panel. Not that hard really. I would do this for any of them.

If it only goes 1/2 then something is bent inside, almost always the locking linkage has bent most likely cause of your window catching it and making it stick or worse. You will have to remove panel or get lucky and it work again. You can pop the lockin. Button out but you mostly will damage it and it might not even help. Remove panel or if the inside lock button doesn't work right remove the inside door handle and inspect.


3/4 of the way. It is caused by a miss adjusted linkage in the opening linkage. There is a knob on the bottom of the inside of your handle and this part o the linkage a small lever should not pass this. Most likely it gets stuck around 3/4 and you have to push the handle back in. The best fix for this is a hammer if stuck, or a slim Jim. I have done both. But once again pull the panel very easy just remember you prob want to get some new adhesive to put it back on.

No mater which one it is remove panel take out to retaining clips on handles inside that holds the handle to door. Then from the out side pull the handle away from the door and press down on whole handle. If it doesn't open the door you have a lock issue.

Last hit that shat with a hammer, rubber of course!! It makes you feel better

Mine is the first, you can pull both door handles and nothing happens. If you insert key in the door it will make a sound lock to unlock but nothing happens.

When I take the inside door handle off I can see the rods connecting the door handle to the lock. Do I disconnect at this point? Do I work on the door from this small area inside the door or do I need to physically rip off the whole door panel to get inside there to try to free the door?

I don't want to break anything that is not neccesary to get the thing opened. I ordered soft doors s this will not be a problem anymore!
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Unread 03-19-2014, 09:27 AM   #28
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Peter,

You're problem is most likely at the latch side of the door, not the handle, so the panel will need to come off. It's not difficult, but you'll probably snap a few of the plastic clips that hold the panel in place. You can buy replacements for them.

I highly recommend you check out the link walkerhound provided early on in this thread.

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Unread 03-19-2014, 12:02 PM   #29
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Peter,

You're problem is most likely at the latch side of the door, not the handle, so the panel will need to come off. It's not difficult, but you'll probably snap a few of the plastic clips that hold the panel in place. You can buy replacements for them.

I highly recommend you check out the link walkerhound provided early on in this thread.

Matt
Thanks Matt,

Very helpful. I will try that when I get home today. I keep clicking that link and it says no thread specified. Do I need to be a member to view it?
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Unread 03-19-2014, 07:20 PM   #30
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Peter,

You're problem is most likely at the latch side of the door, not the handle, so the panel will need to come off. It's not difficult, but you'll probably snap a few of the plastic clips that hold the panel in place. You can buy replacements for them.

I highly recommend you check out the link walkerhound provided early on in this thread.

Matt
I was able to remove the door panel and wrestle with the pins. It eventually opened and the doors are off. Thanks for your help on this. Now to buy a working door to steal all the parts needed to make mine work.

Thank you again.
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