1994 Corolla power door lock problem

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Old 24 Mar 2014, 11:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
Bill
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Default 1994 Corolla power door lock problem

I could use some help. I have a mechanical failure inside my door. It's
possible the link from the lock cylinder to the power lock is broken and
jammed. Drivers door is locked closed, key turns left to lock the door
but will not turn right to unlock, inside and outside handles do
nothing, inside lock button on top will not come up. The inside door
trim panel looks like it would be extremely difficult to take off from
the inside with the door closed. I can't see any place to start prying
out the clips at the front or along the bottom. At the back center
pillar end the clips are behind the body frame. See pic
http://ge.tt/5kANdwS1/v/0

I was thinking about taking up the outside belt molding. The manual says
the six clips that hold it on are released from inside after the trim
panel is taken off, I guess I will have to pry them out of the molding
or break at least two of them to get it up. Then with power applied
trying to go down with a wire hanger and activate the lock against what
ever the jam is and get the lock in the open position and hopefully get
the door open. I'm determined to fix this myself. Any advice on how to
do that or any other way of getting the door open would be appreciated.

Thanks

PS I tried WD-40 then graphite then a spare key in the lock. No luck.
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Old 25 Mar 2014, 11:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
Geoff Welsh
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Bill wrote:
> I could use some help. I have a mechanical failure inside my door. It's
> possible the link from the lock cylinder to the power lock is broken and
> jammed. Drivers door is locked closed, key turns left to lock the door
> but will not turn right to unlock, inside and outside handles do
> nothing, inside lock button on top will not come up. The inside door
> trim panel looks like it would be extremely difficult to take off from
> the inside with the door closed. I can't see any place to start prying
> out the clips at the front or along the bottom. At the back center
> pillar end the clips are behind the body frame. See pic
> http://ge.tt/5kANdwS1/v/0
>
> I was thinking about taking up the outside belt molding. The manual says
> the six clips that hold it on are released from inside after the trim
> panel is taken off, I guess I will have to pry them out of the molding
> or break at least two of them to get it up. Then with power applied
> trying to go down with a wire hanger and activate the lock against what
> ever the jam is and get the lock in the open position and hopefully get
> the door open. I'm determined to fix this myself. Any advice on how to
> do that or any other way of getting the door open would be appreciated.


since you cant move the knob or turn the key I doubt something fell-off.
Sounds like the locking part of the latch is stuck.

with the window down, try BOTH turning the key AND pulling up on the
knob WHILE you have someone smack repeatedly and forcibly on the door at
the spot where the latch actually is (halfway down the door jamb)

Maybe it'll pop
GW

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Old 30 Mar 2014, 03:46 am   #3 (permalink)
Bill
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Geoff Welsh <GeeDubya@some.rr.com> wrote in
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> Bill wrote:
>> I could use some help. I have a mechanical failure inside my door.
>> It's possible the link from the lock cylinder to the power lock is
>> broken and jammed. Drivers door is locked closed, key turns left to
>> lock the door but will not turn right to unlock, inside and outside
>> handles do nothing, inside lock button on top will not come up. The
>> inside door trim panel looks like it would be extremely difficult to
>> take off from the inside with the door closed. I can't see any place
>> to start prying out the clips at the front or along the bottom. At
>> the back center pillar end the clips are behind the body frame. See
>> pic http://ge.tt/5kANdwS1/v/0
>>
>> I was thinking about taking up the outside belt molding. The manual
>> says the six clips that hold it on are released from inside after the
>> trim panel is taken off, I guess I will have to pry them out of the
>> molding or break at least two of them to get it up. Then with power
>> applied trying to go down with a wire hanger and activate the lock
>> against what ever the jam is and get the lock in the open position
>> and hopefully get the door open. I'm determined to fix this myself.
>> Any advice on how to do that or any other way of getting the door
>> open would be appreciated.

>
> since you cant move the knob or turn the key I doubt something
> fell-off. Sounds like the locking part of the latch is stuck.
>
> with the window down, try BOTH turning the key AND pulling up on the
> knob WHILE you have someone smack repeatedly and forcibly on the door
> at the spot where the latch actually is (halfway down the door jamb)
>
> Maybe it'll pop
> GW
>
>


Thanks for the sugestion. Tried it but no joy, next step is pulling up
the outside molding and fiddling around with power applied. Maybe I can
unjam it. Any advice on this would help.

Bill
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