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Buick Rendezvous CXL: Drivers side door wont open from inside

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Driver's side door won't open from inside when unlocked. Have to roll down window and open from outside.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Buick
Expert:  Jerry replied 5 years ago.

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About your vehicle.


The inside handles sometimes break where the rod is attached to them. You will want to take the door panel off and see if the rod is moving when the handle is pulled.



Trim Panel Replacement - Side Front Door (Rendezvous)

Tools Required

J 38778 Door Trim Pad and Garnish Clip Remover


  1. Open the door.
  2. Disconnect the power window switch assembly.
  3. Remove the screws from the front door trim panel
  4. Use the J 38778 to remove the trim panel.
  1. Reposition the electrical harness connectors.
  2. Remove the trim panel from the vehicle.
Installation Procedure

Important: Before installing the front door trim panel, discard the old trim panel retainers and replace with NEW trim panel retainers.

  1. Install the new retainers to the front door trim panel.
  2. Route the electrical connectors through the trim panel.
  3. Align the trim panel to the door inner panel, guiding the door handle through the trim panel.
  4. Install the upper edge of the trim panel to the top edge of the inner door panel, pressing down firmly until the trim panel is fully seated.
  5. Install the trim panel by firmly pressing the retainer clips until the clips are fully seated around the perimeter of the trim panel.

  1. Install the screws to the front door trim panel.

Tighten the screws to 2 N.m (18 lb in).

Connect the power window switch.




I have the instructions for the handle in a PDF format HERE





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