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If the drivers door on a 1989 Accord will not open but everything appears to be connected how can you get the door open to replace the latch?


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2015-07-16 18:20:51
2015-07-16 18:20:51

I have dealt with this problem before at our bodyshop. Basically, a spring inside the latch has broke, and now there is no way to release the latch, even by manually pulling on the release lever at the latch. Prepare to replace the latch, as it is not repairable.

Be prepared to be working inside the car. To make it easier to work, unbolt the seat, and remove from the car. Remove the door panel, and also the door handle. You will have to chisel at the plastic part of the latch, and break it off bit by bit. Eventually you will be able to release the latch.

good luck


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