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Q: Car driver's side door not opening

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My rear driver's side door is not opening.

Hello. This is a fairly common problem for this model. Generally, if the door cannot be opened from the inside handle and you are certain all doors are unlocked, you can remove the bezel around the inside door handle, which will expose the cable from the handle to the latch. Reach in with pliers or vice grips, and grab the cable, moving it toward the front of the car to release the door. If this does not work, the door latch is broken. In either case, I suggest hiring a qualified technician or body man to inspect and repair your door.

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