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Ho w to open door when handles are broken

The handles don't work either from outside or inside. So how do I get the door open to take the panel off my 2005 Nissan xtrail

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This is not an easy task depending on your vehicle.

You'll most likely have to try to access the door latch cable/rod from either the inside or outside...whichever you think will yield the easiest with excess damage, and then try to open it with needle nose pliers or vice grips by pulling on the cable/rod to open the door to gain access to the screws securing the interior panel.

Speaking from experience, there will be some damage and the best route is to try to remove the outside handle and replace the whole assembly when your finished the repair.

Sorry there's no easy way that I'm aware of. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

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    Sharon buckley Jan 23, 2019

    Thanks, we did manage to get the panel off despite the door being closed so for anyone else with a Nissan it can be done.

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Honda? go to a junk yard and find out from a same model car. you may have to cut or drill thru to release and repair if the actuator wire or struts lost their hold

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SOURCE: 98 Jeep Wrangler door handle won't open door

there is a metal bar inside that clips into the handle they come off all the time there is a plastic clip that hold the 2 together it most likely has fallen off and into the bottom of the door you can put it back together easily if clip cannot be found you can buy them at local parts store for a couple bucks..hope this helps

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SOURCE: 1994 F-150 broken inside door handles

there are plastic retaning clips that hold the door rods on that have probley broken remove the door panel and you will see the problem kdc744

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: driver door handle will not open door 1993 Honda Civic

there is a pin in the door handle might have broke off there are two 10 mm nuts that will release the handle but you have to take the door panels off and remove it any local junk yard should have it or can order it for you

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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SOURCE: I am trying to fix a door handle that will not open from outside

Turn the window handle to where you can see a small 1/2" slot rt at its base where it meets the panel.you'll notice a small brass v shaped clip,you'll need hooked pick or something simular to hook this clip and pull it out of its slot,this release's window crank handle. Once this is off the rest of panel is held on by plastic panel clips that pull loose by pulling panel outwards from door ,and also by a few various screws. once panel is off temp. slide window crank back on and crank window all the way up. You then should have clear view of outer door handle. Handle has two rods attached to it,one for lock assy., one for latch release.This is the one you'll be looking at.Most likely you will find rod has came loose due to broken retainer clip at handle,or casting on handle itself has broken off.If clip is broke you can buy new clip at dealer or at some autoparts outlets,replace and reattach rod(make sure rod locks into place).If handle casting is broke will need handle replaced.It is held in place by two 10mm bolts,two rods preeviously mentioned. If handle is body color matched will need color code(on door jam sticker)to order handle from dealer to match.Lock assy will need to be transfered to new handle,it is held in by two spring clips.You notice two holes one on each side of lock,you will need to push release clips inwards through each hole to release lock and slide it out.to install just push down into newhandlle until clips engage. Let me know if you run into problems. Good luck and if this was able to help you please leave me some positive feedback. Thanks and good luck, Joel

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SOURCE: Rear door will not open on my 2007 Ford Fusion.

use the fob and keep clicking unlock/lock button see if everything is moving.then try banging outside of the door about 6 inches from door handle while pressing unlock.has worked on some other cars like vw audi and vauxhall

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