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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Rear door won't open

I removed the inner driver's side rear door panel to install some speakers, and when I restored it, I managed to dislodge the rod that locks/unlocks the door from the handle latch, and it was in the lock position when I closed the door and realized I can't open it now everything is reassembled. I also managed to forget to reconnect the the electrical connector harness that provides power to the windows and locks, so that doesn't work either. I'm a bit of a klutz. Could a locksmith get the door open with a slim-jim or something? Something that would work on the rod inside the door, as opposed to going through the window edge/weather stripping (coat hanger method) to push the lock open (won't work obviously since it doesn't function right now)? Is there a way to get the inner panel back off with the door closed? What are my options? Many thanks
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Slim jims and the like only unlock doors, not open them. They also generally use a tool to grab that rod to unlock it. Is the inner panel installed now? If so, you may have to destroy it to get to the mechanism. There are a couple of part-outs going on here right now. That may be a good way to source a new inner panel for cheap. I don't think a locksmith will be much help.

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The door card can be taken off with the door closed but it is not fun. Removing the rear seat bottom helps.

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Yeah, I'm prepping for a fairly unpleasant experience. Thank you. Do you have any instructions for doing this?
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Slim jims and the like only unlock doors, not open them. They also generally use a tool to grab that rod to unlock it. Is the inner panel installed now? If so, you may have to destroy it to get to the mechanism. There are a couple of part-outs going on here right now. That may be a good way to source a new inner panel for cheap. I don't think a locksmith will be much help.
Thank you. Yes, the inner panel is installed. I've found a few replacements for around $65. Might be worth it to get one, then destroy my current one to fix it. Is that what you're saying?
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