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Old 03-09-2008, 11:50 PM   #81
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I wonder why the OP was banned lol

Hello dirsh it appears that you have not posted on our forums in several weeks, why not take a few moments to ask a question, help provide a solution or just engage in a conversation with another member in any one of our forums?
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Old 03-15-2008, 02:16 AM   #82
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my problem more exists with the cable jumping out of the track and the door not opening from the exterior period. i have had to pull apart the whole door panel a few times. maybe this will prevent it from happening in the future thanks
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Old 03-21-2008, 07:50 AM   #83
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:05 AM   #84
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ur the man was kind of embarrasing the way i had to yank my door handle an i thought its only a matter of time before it comes off.done what u said and sorted my sh*t right out. cheers
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Old 03-21-2008, 08:11 AM   #85
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wow if this is true i am sooo happy.... my door has given me issues for months

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Old 03-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #86
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Driver's door isn't bad. Not sticky or anything BUT I can't go opening it up with my pinky like some people have mentioned.

The screw was and is very hard to turn. I did not mess with that much as I can live with how the drivers door currently opens.

Now my passenger side......
The freakin door handle sticks in the pulled out position. I went to adjust the screw and noticed that it was deeper into the hole where we stick the allen wrench through than the drivers door. The drivers door was less than a quarter inch deep compared to the one inch deep of the passenger door. Is that normal?

The screw was hard to turn counter clock wise but I just forced it and it started turning. I turned it....and turned it....and turned some more. It didn't seem to stop BUT the handle bacame better so I thought it was good. I stopped as I wasn't sure if the screw would come out.
Could I have stripped the thread were the screw goes into? I wish I could see exactly how this works. Now I can keep turning the screw and nothing is happening. I feel more resistance in some spots as I turn than others.

Could I have ruined that door pull mechanism? Anyone have problems with the door handle sticking in the pulled position?
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:36 PM   #87
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Thanks for this. Driver side is still a bit sticky but the passenger is perfect.
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:14 AM   #88
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WOW!!! I thought it was just my car... I had to seriously PULL with full force to open my car door... kinda embarrassing because valets could never open my door.... this has been going on for years!! now I can open my door with ease!! Great tip!! thanks!
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Old 04-27-2008, 11:30 AM   #89
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Just wanted to express my gratitude for the original poster 'SMOOF' - many thanks for taking the time to post. Worked like a charm, I had to play with for the whole of five minutes - went clockwise did not work, went as far counter and it did! Many thanks again!
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:29 PM   #90
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awesome info..... thanks!
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:24 PM   #91
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Thanks for the DIY, it made my doors easier to open. To others - stick the short side of the allen key in the hole so you get more leverage to turn it. Or, if you have hex bits, you can attach it to a socket wrench and that makes it much easier.
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:40 PM   #92
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WOW - What a differene (It Works)

I'm currently at about 96,000 miles and wanted to see what I can get the Dealer to replace/fix while under warranty.

* I know - the door handles are all hard to open with the exception of the dirver door. Last time I took it in (3 years ago) - all the did was oil the hinges.

Well, I went out last night with a Star Bit (Don't remember what size) and socket wrench.

Unplugged the plastic cap and loosend the screw and tighten it - I can open all my doors with my pinky now.

To confirm this - I had my 3 year old girl open the door this morning - no problem.

Now - why didn't I do this 3 years ago - LOL.

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Old 05-12-2008, 08:28 PM   #93
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im going to have to try this as soon as i get my car back. I've had this problem for a long time as well... and as someone mentioned earlier in the forum regarding the door handle being stuck in the "out" position, mine does the same thing. I'm hoping this little screw solves all of that.
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:21 AM   #94
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Great DIY!
I had to loosen it first and re-tighten. It's now easier to open - though it's still stiffer than the passenger door.
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Old 05-24-2008, 02:58 PM   #95
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WOW! it was so hard to open my door i would try and try and try but it wont open, and no one else could get it open either. but then i "unlocked" the car and now it opens fine.
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:26 AM   #96
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hmmm.... this is true for my passenger door. My driver's door wont open from outside at all, just inside so i have to lower my windows with the remote and reach in. My passenger door is not as bad but i think its going in the same direction as my driver one. I'll look into all this sometime this week,
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:59 AM   #97
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i cant wait until i get home, have the same problem for over a year! no one could really help me with this problem, i hope it works!

thanks for the advice
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #98
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i did this last week...thanks to this thread now my girlfriend is happy she can open the passenger door without using both hands
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:26 PM   #99
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i've been knowing about this fix for sometime now but was too lazy to try.

finally did it today and i must say that it really works!!

both doors open so smooth! LOVE IT!!!

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Old 06-30-2008, 05:44 PM   #100
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i have a quick question....
just recently my passenger door dont is unlocked...but dont open from the outside.....
Could this DIY be the solution?
just want to know b4 I try,,
6 Feet Under!....

to be continued......
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