My driver side door doesnt open from the outside, i took it apart, but i have no idea what im looking for or whats wrong with it, so i dont know how to fix it. any suggestions?
Turbobink said:Here's what you have to do... Ready?
-Remove the door panel.
-What you'll find, when you inspect the handle mechanism from in inside, is that the connection of the latch linkage to the handle's release mechanism has broken...It's a riveted connection...
-Disconnect all of the linkages to the handle and lock, remembering where they all go. Label them if you need to.
-Remove the handle and lock barrel (two nuts).
-Drill out the spot on the handle mechanism where the rivet used to connect. It probably looks like a bolt that has been twisted off. Just drill it out. The metal is soft, it drills nicely.
-Replace the broken rivet with an apppropriately sized bolt that will fit through your drilled hole and the linkage's eyelet. It is important to use a lock washer here.
-Reinstall the handle and lock.
-Reconnect the linkage using the bolt and lock washer.
-Reconnect all the other linkages and reinastall the door panel.
You're done. Nice job.
Let me know if you get stuck or my details are a little off. I did this not too long ago, but my description may be a little lacking.
I have to get into my passenger door this weekend. If you have any trouble, let me know and I'll fill in the blanks for you.