Q: My driver side door lock only works intermittently

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Drivers side door lock only works intermittently. It has been stuck for 2 weeks, I only just got it open today. Someone messed around with a slim jim, couldn't find anything to hook onto (so we're thinking a clip or a rod must be loose/gone), but he must have knocked something into/out of place because it did come open with a key. Now that it's open, it's possible to take off the door panel and replace whatever is broken/wearing out. I need help identifying what to look for. When it gets stuck, I can't unlock it manually, with a key, or with the electric button. The lock will come part way up and won't move any further. The door ext and int door handles work just fine. The lock cylinder was replaced 3 years ago because of similar problem. It seems like a mechanical problem, but do you think the electrical system is malfunctioning too? What parts do you think need to be replaced?

My tacoma has 320000 miles.
My tacoma has a manual transmission.

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