Hello, it's been a busy week.
My pacifica is 2004 w/ 88,000 miles.
The dealership can order the latch assembly. The service manager explained that his mechanic can look at it to diagnose if the latch assembly is truely the cause for about one half of the one hundred dollar + per hour hourly repair rate.
I plan to look into it myself this weekend and would appreciate your help.
As mentioned, the door panel was removed but not disconnected from wires. Coincidently, the door latched closed so it is driveable with the knowledge to watch that door and must climb into the driver's seat through the passenger door.
Can you offer any advise as I begin to undertake this adventure.
I remember as a teen/young adult having crashers that door panels were optional and it wasn't too difficult replacing any parts or repairing anything on the old cars.
How complicated has it become to change out this door latch assembly or if I can monkey-rig it so that I can open and close the door. Locking it using the lock component may not work but it would be a small price to pay than going to the dealership and paying them my Christmas budget for this latch assembly and repair.
I'm surmising that the mechanic will have to replace the part rather than working to get it fixed the most economical way. Plus my wife is driving me up a tree to get it fixed inexpensively. She really wants to have Christmas money.
Thanks for your help