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Old 05-07-10, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default Outside door handle broke AND Child Safety Lock is on?

So the door won't open from the inside because the Child Safety Lock is on, and it won't open from the outside either.
It seems to be locking and unlocking fine.
I am assuming the outside handle is broken....but how do I get the door panel off to replace it if the Child Safety Lock is preventing it from opening from the inside?

It is on the rear driver's side door, so I took the door panel off of the other side to see what it looks like. I am contemplating drilling a hole through the inside of the door jam so I can access the Child Safety Lock switch on the inside of the door but that seems a little risky. Anyone out there have any ideas? Maybe some would-be car thief out there can tell me how to get the door handle off of the outside? Of course the names can be changed to protect the innocent
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Old 05-08-10, 09:06 AM   #2
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beats me man, i would trying to do something withthe handle piece from the outside,pliers or something?
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Old 05-08-10, 12:05 PM   #3
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OUCH....

I would do what 2turbo4u said, and see if you can find a way to manipulate the outside handle.. otherwise, consult AAA or a body shop, and see if they have any ideas.

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It could be the rod from the handle to the mechanism is disconnected. You might try finding a matching door panel at the junk yard. You can take the panel off with the door closed, there are screws on the bottom. At the junk yard, figure out how the door works and cut an access in your door.
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Hmmm
This is good, keep'm come'n guys, gonna call Pop'a-lock here and see if they have any input. Will post when I decide on a solution...
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Old 05-16-10, 03:45 AM   #6
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Ok, so I took the back seats out and looked and looked and looked
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I never came up with a way to remove the door panel without drilling into the car or busting up the door panel.

No...
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Nooo...
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Nope...
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...so I took a crow bar to the door panel and it came off
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Then I took a flathead screwdriver an turned the child safety lock switch.
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The door opened from the inside and I was able to confirm that the exterior door handle was the problem.
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Thanks rapollon, KingpiN.SC and 2turbo4u for your replies
Just bought another one today at the salvage yard, hopefully I can replace it and peice my poor door panel back together...or maybe buy another one. Anyone selling a grey door panel for the rear passenger side? Actually I need both rear door panels, looks like the previous owner broke the other one trying to fix the window
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congrats to getting the door open. Don't you also need a outside door handle too?
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Nope, bought one of those at the salvage yard this weekend. Looks like I was also able to salvage the door panel with a little hot glue Had to replace the window regulator and the switch in that door too. Got a lot of work to do on this GS, hope it's done soon
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My turn, except my front door just locked me out.
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Good luck rapollon, looks like I'm going to be working on my power steering now
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Good luck rapollon, looks like I'm going to be working on my power steering now
It was that bad, aside from tearing up my door card. I had the old lock mechanism as a reference to how it worked. Razorblade, flash light, mirror and half hour later, the door was open. Seemed the locking mechanism simply just failed. Couldn't pin point where, replaced it with a spare and it works as it should.

Thanks for the help
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Way to go!
Glad someone benefited from this write-up
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