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Old 06-22-2005, 01:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey I have been looking in the FAQs and have not been able to find this problem. I am hoping that somebody knows how to fix it!

From the inside my door handles are really hard to open. You have to pull them till it feels like they are at the end of their throw and then pull like you mean to break the handle before it will open. From the outside half the time the passenger side door will not open and to get it to open you have to jar the handle up twice and sometimes it will open. I had the dealership take car of this about 6 months ago when I was under warranty and they replaced the lock actuators 300 bucks a pop. Fuck that! And the damn thing is all messed up again. I refuse to go back to the stealerships because they didn't fix it right the first time and I am no longer under warranty so they will not work with me on this problem.

Tell me someone has figured out how to solve this problem!
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same freakin promblem with my front passenger door...If anyone can tell us how to fix this problem please post....
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ok this is my theory i havent tried it yet but i have the same problem. the locking mechanism in the door theres a plastic jacket on it. over time it wears out. turns into just the metal. and thers no friction so its hard to pull. replace the plastic sleeve or try lubing that shit up. i havent done niether. i only have the inside opening problem.

my friend his outside passenger used to have that problem, now his door doesnt even open anymore. sounds just like ur outside opening problem.
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A-Ha!!!! I am kind of glad to hear that I am not the only one having this issue! I think I am going to go take my door apart and try to figure out what the hell is wrong with it!
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Alright good news for those of us that have messed up door handles. I pulled the doors apart last night and sprayed the hell out of all the linkages and moving part on the door both inside the door and the latch on the outside of the door. The best part is that seemed to have fixed the problem for now. Nothing seemed broken, or miss aligned just a little stiff. SO grab the lube guys, leave the KY at home and it should fix it!
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nice dood. thanks
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