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Old 10-03-2010, 10:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Door handles don't work... HELP!

I let the car sit for about 6 weeks while I was on vacation. I come back and The only doors that will open from the outside are the rear doors. The front doors will still open from the inside. I have removed the door panels and visually checked the handles. Even took the drivers handle off and nothing appears to be broken, all rods and connecters are ok. I can still lock and unlock the car form the outside. ANY IDEAS what may have happened anyone else been through this? I can post pictures if need be. Or should I just go to the junk yard and find some replacement handles? can I put the old tumblers back in the "new" handles? any help would be greatly appreciated.
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The way to open them is to push at the door and pull the handle at the same time. this happens to mine to and i have not found the problem yet.
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I let the car sit for about 6 weeks while I was on vacation. I come back and The only doors that will open from the outside are the rear doors. The front doors will still open from the inside. I have removed the door panels and visually checked the handles. Even took the drivers handle off and nothing appears to be broken, all rods and connecters are ok. I can still lock and unlock the car form the outside. ANY IDEAS what may have happened anyone else been through this? I can post pictures if need be. Or should I just go to the junk yard and find some replacement handles? can I put the old tumblers back in the "new" handles? any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Johnny long time bro thanks for the like I'll give it a shot tomorrow. I'll have to post some pics of my new ride.
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thanks for the help everyone, I moved the strikers and lubed up the lock everything works like a charm!!!!!! now I just have to put the door panels back on!
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