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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Rear Driverside Door Won't Open

So, back in January, the rear driver-side door was acting up (When we bought it used). You couldn't open it from the outside, but the inside worked fine. Checked the child locks, they weren't on.

Time passed. Now, the door won't open from the inside or the outside, and yes I have checked the locks, they're working fine. I have a feeling that this is the source of my alarm problem I brought up in another thread.

When you pull on the handles, they have no tension on them, they just flip open and closed.

Any idea what's wrong?


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If there's no tension, then either the door isn't unlocked (which would mean the actuator has gone bad), or somehow the handle has become disconnected from the striker.

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The handle is attached to the rod that opens and closes the door of course. But the rod slides thru a hole on the inside of the handle and a plastic clip slides over it. Sometimes these clip break or rotate out of place, and the rod just pops in and out of place.
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How would I go about taking my door apart to fix this? I don't have the money to send it to a repair shop, and the only shop in town are a bunch of cheap jerks who've screwed my family over plenty of times. We're avoiding them at all costs, so I'd like to do the work myself.


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Take the door panel off and see if anything is dislodged.

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Okay... I searched the DIY thread for removing the door panel on a Cobalt, but it's only for the driver door. I drive a sedan, this is the rear door- How do I go about doing this, then?


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