I have found that a Chilton or Haynes Auto repair manual for the year and make of the vehicle (available at your local library)are an excellent source of information. They are quite informative on most parts replacement and how to troubleshoot.
I have a '74, and I'm doing some work on the sliding door. I removed 5 philip-head screws. The assembly facing the interior has 3: one each for the handles, and onel for the assembly. Then, facing the jam, there's another 2. The middle screw of the 3-screw configuration is the one for the chrome handle.
"... it TRIES to unlock..." is the 'key' here...Since we know a sliding door will not open until it is unlocked, I would investigate the locking mechanism.See "Related Questions" below for some specifics - note the one about the door ajar problem has lots of information about the door lock actuators too.
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