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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:43 am 
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For some reason I can't open my right front door from either the inside or outside handle. I didn't think it would be a big deal to fix until I realized I can't get the trim panel off with the door closed. The only Idea I can come up with is to take off the center pillar trim and try to un bolt the striker from the inside. Anybody have any other ideas?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:02 am 
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I do not think you could unbolt the hinge because even if you could turn the bolt it would back up into the closed door.

I would say you need a Slim Jim expert to try and grab the latch arm on the the back of the latch. Not an easy task. But make easier if you can lower the window and they can get a flashlight in there to see whats going on.

I cant imagine both of your rods fell off at the same time. Post some pics of what broke, may have found a weak spot in the PPV!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:04 pm 
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The Caprice doesn't have rods on the door for the lock or latch. They are cables with a retention barrel similar to the old throttle cable on an EFI throttle body.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:04 am 
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This is the even weirder part I can feel both the interior and exterior cables pulling the lever on the latch. I have a feeling something has failed on the latch itself. I'm going to pull one of the bolts out of the drivers striker to get an idea how long it is


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:28 am 
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Sure you cant get the door panel off with the door shut? How about if you removed the front seats from out the drivers door? Or does part of the panel rest against another interior piece? Could that be removed with the door shut?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:56 am 
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There are 3 screws across the bottom of the door and two on the front edge of the door panel. None of these are accessible with the door closed. The front two screws are buried behind the dash. Just look at the driver's side as a mirror image. Have you tried to hold the inside door latch open and "pop and/or push " the door open? My passenger door was becoming increasingly more tough to open. I could tell that I had the same pulling tension on both driver's side and passenger side exterior handles, up until the last little bit. Spraying the latch assembly with lubricant eliminated the noticeable, last little bit of force needed. Maybe "popping" the door from the inside will get the latch to release.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:04 am 
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Is your car under 3 year/36,000 mile warranty?
Do you have an account with My Chevrolet to know when all your warranties expire?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:07 am 
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Tried all of Maurice's suggestions, the car is still under warrenty I just hate bringing it to the dealer ( would rather do it my self) looks more and more like that's the only option if removing the striker from the inside doesn't work.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:12 pm 
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Good Luck! I hate having the dealerships work on my vehicles also! I enjoy a challenge, but sometimes the aggravation gives way to allowing the warranty do it's job!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:05 pm 
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ok car went to the dealer Saturday. they looked at for 10 minute and ordered a latch. when I asked how they are going to open the door the tech who happened to be at the service desk said that he was going to put a pry bar down the window opening and smash the latch until it opens. unbelievable!!!


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