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post #1 of 23 Old 01-31-2008, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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removing door panel

my jeep wont unlock on the drivers side door, something is bent or something is not grabbing on the locking mechanism. so i was going to pull the door panel. so you take all the bolts off, and do you have to pull the handles or window handel.

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-31-2008, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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nvm, i was talked to someone they pissed me off and punched the crap outa my door, and now it works before i took it apart. cool.
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post #3 of 23 Old 01-31-2008, 11:19 AM
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my jeep wont unlock on the drivers side door, something is bent or something is not grabbing on the locking mechanism. so i was going to pull the door panel. so you take all the bolts off, and do you have to pull the handles or window handel.
Tis a little clip on the back of the window rolling handle that needs to be pulled out and then it comes right out. Then just take the screws out of the panel and pull it out. Pull back the plactic and you'll be able to see right in there. Here are some pictures when I adjusted my door latch to open easier just to give you an idea of how it works.











I've switched out door locks before and all you need to do is detach the clips/linkages and pull out the clip that holds the lock mechanism in. You'll be surprised how simple it is in there.

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post #4 of 23 Old 06-30-2008, 11:32 AM
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Wont unlock

My passanger side door will not unlock unless I have the key in all the way to the unlocked position or I hold the door lock in to the unlock position and open the door at the same time. I took the door apart and lubed everything all up. No go. I bent some of the wires to 90 degree angles and then the door would not lock. I could now open the door but there was too much pressure on the lock that it would not lock. It looks like that when you open the door from the outside or inside that white clip slips down causing the door to remain locked. Any ideas?
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Thanks!

Great, I will give that a shot, thanks a ton!
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post #6 of 23 Old 04-22-2009, 08:13 PM
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And if it you live in nice neighborhood or have a garage you can always take the door off and work on it inside. I did the same thing about two weeks ago, but it was really cold out and I don't have the best lighting in the garage, so I just took the door off and put it on the lazy boy in the house it held it at the prefect height and I had plenty of good light, plus it was warm in the house. One more reason to love the jeep.

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Thanks! This came in really handy tonight!

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Tis a little clip on the back of the window rolling handle that needs to be pulled out and then it comes right out. Then just take the screws out of the panel and pull it out. Pull back the plactic and you'll be able to see right in there. Here are some pictures when I adjusted my door latch to open easier just to give you an idea of how it works.











I've switched out door locks before and all you need to do is detach the clips/linkages and pull out the clip that holds the lock mechanism in. You'll be surprised how simple it is in there.

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post #8 of 23 Old 06-23-2009, 11:50 AM
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I have a similar problem. I can not unlock my drivers side door both either from the inside or outside. Anyone have any tips on what to do? I tried spraying wd40 but that didn't work. I've searched the forum and it seems like I need to take the panel off and inspect/lube parts but how can I actually open door now that it is locked and closed?
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You might be able to unlock the door with a cloths hanger (or the handle off of a 5 gallon bucket) from the outside. Shimmy it down near the lock mechanism and slide it around pulling it up and down in different positions. Jeeps usually open up pretty easily, maybe 10 tries up and down and they usually pop right open. Once you have it open, it sounds like the rod or clip that activates the lock could be broken. Lubing doesn't sound like it will do anything in this case. Should be a simple fix though, you'll see how simple it is inside there once you get it open.

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post #10 of 23 Old 06-24-2009, 10:40 PM
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I just had the same problem and just fixed it. Ironically, I posted about it last night and the follow up on it today. I tried using a "slim jim" to unlock the door, but the problem is if yours is bound up like mine was, no pulling or pushing on the lock linkage will unlock the door. I had to take the door panel off with the door closed (not fun, but possible). Then I had to take a screwdriver and jimmy around in the latch to get the door open. My post explains what fixed it for me:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/passenger-door-lock-problem-803740/
The link I adjusted is the same link the person is adjusting in the pictures above. Hope this helps.
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post #11 of 23 Old 06-25-2009, 07:15 AM
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If you own a jeep, old chevy, etc you really should own this tool to remove the window crank. Costs about $2 at harbor freight or local parts store.

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i know this is an old thread but just to put it out there... another good trick to get the clip off behind the window crank is to use just a shop rag and loop the rag around behind the crank and kinda floss till you snag the clip on the rag then yank the rag out. works for me every time.

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where can i find the clips that hold the handle latch links onto the latch?
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post #14 of 23 Old 07-04-2011, 03:53 AM
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Look in the find it section of some of the auto parts stores.
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post #15 of 23 Old 11-12-2012, 12:40 PM
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I have pulled out all the screws and removed the window crank handle, should there be something else that is holding the door panel on? it feels like it's really stuck on there.
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