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Old 12-19-2010, 05:30 PM
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97 driver door wont open, need help!

So im pretty sure its the door latch that just isn't engaging cause it locks/ unlocks, but from both inside and out i pull the handle and i dont feel the latch unhooking. the handles dont feel super loose or tight, seems normal but the door just wont open
The car has 260k klicks on it... i hope the latch hasnt seized or something, I'm thinking it would be the handle rods got disconnected, but both of them at the same time??
I mean this whole thing wouldn't be so bad, but i cant even take the panels off and look at it cause the damn door wont open!

I need help bad! suggestions, advice, how can i actually remove the door?? I've had drivers window problems too.. should i just buy a new door? where can i find the best deal on a new door?

Any bit of help would be appreciated
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

Don't quote me on this, but I think you can just remove the door panels and work on it this way...If not, here's a handy dandy guide on dismantling your car (including doors): Write Up: Remove Bumper, Fender, and Door! with Pics - Honda Prelude Forum - Prelude Online.com
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

Hey, that looks like a good guide but not exactly suited to my situation. My door wont open so i have no access to the bolts on the hinges.. i cant even take off the inside panels since they have a lip around the door jam.. i just dont know what to do :s
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

remove door handle and check the handle rod
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

I tried that on the interior handle, its attached there but how would i remove the outer handle
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

if you cant solve it from inner handle and it seems to be working then taking the outer handle off wont make anydifference
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Re: 97 driver door wont open, need help!

man i dont like this, it looks like the only way is to cut my door open. It feels like when the doctor tells you your baby needs arm surgery and its 50/50 if they can save the limb
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