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Old 08-24-2015, 12:51 AM   #1
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Is there a way to reset the drivers side door latch without taking the whole assembly out? The (I'll call them clam shells) on the door latch have gotten stuck in the closed position and the door can not be closed. Lifting up on the door handle or pushing on the outside door button make no difference. What do I need to do please?
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:57 AM   #2
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Sounds like the latch is closed and locked. Try unlocking the doors using the key? If that doesnt work, pull the door panel and look in to see if something is binded.
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:20 PM   #3
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Sorry dont mean to highjack, BOOGER where are some progress pics???? Grandma was slow but she had an wxcuse LOL
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:12 AM   #4
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thank you boogerschnot for ur suggestions. I will try again using the key. I was hoping there was a release lever or some other way to reset the door latch. Have a gr8 day.
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It is fairly easy to remove the door latch once the inner panel is removed. 3 screws and unhook the rods. No need to remove the window or anything else. Of course small hands would help, but I have large ones and was able to do it. There are 3 springs on the latch. 2 are easy to see and replace, the third is not. It is a small flat wound spring that keeps the lock rod from dropping by its own weight. Every time we closed the drivers door it would automatically lock because the spring had rusted away. We had to replace the latch, which is not expensive, since this spring is not available alone.
If you pull up on the lock rod, you should be able to force the latch jaws open, without removal of the latch.
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I seem to remember dealing with this a long time ago and I think all I had to do was use a screwdriver or something to manually pop the "clam shells" back to the open position.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:25 PM   #7
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Thank you both fastbackford351 and Bop11. Both are good suggestions. I tried prying the "clam shells" with a screwdriver and had no luck. I also tried pulling up on the inside door handle as well as the outside door button and used the key as well. None of these efforts got the door latch to open. I think what I need to do next is check out all of the components inside the door the connect to the door latch. Any suggestions on how best to do that are appreciated. Again thank you Bop11 for your description of the springs on the door latch. Is there a place to find a schematic or some step by step directions about how to take apart and reassemble all of the components involved with this door latch?
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There may be more, and better, but these looked promising.
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Just noticed , you said you "tried prying the clam shells with no luck". When you were doing this, did you have the inner door handle lifted or the outer button pushed? Prying won't work with out doing either of those, as the whole thing about the latch is to keep the door closed unless a handle is activated.
Did you get the latch out?
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