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Door Problem (Exterior Handle Broken; Child Safety Lock Engaged)

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Old 07-23-2011, 07:34 AM   #1
wiscguy
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Door Problem (Exterior Handle Broken; Child Safety Lock Engaged)

Its my buddies EX, 1999, and had the back child locks engaged. One day during the winter the back exterior door handle snapped off so I have no way of opening it from either side.

Have any of you had this problem or have any ideas on how to get this door open?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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Anyone have an idea?
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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Maybe a Slim Jim, but I honestly have no other idea.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:40 AM   #4
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Its a pain, but the answer is pull the inside door pannel off then grab the operating rod with a pair of vicegrips and push down like the handle would normally move. The pannel is held on by a pair of screws near the inside handle with a bunch of pushpins around the door edges. I know its been addressed before here - do a search for rear doors.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:14 AM   #5
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