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The door panel has to be removed to replace that mirror, do you feel you can remove it? If so I will give you a image on how the door panel comes apart.
Let me know, Thanks Jay!
Jay, thanks for replying.
I'm not trying to replace a mirror. The door latch is not opening. To fix the latch on other vehicles, I typically remove the door panel. My problem is that in order to remove the door panel, I must be able to first open the door so I can get to the screws that undo the panel. I am in a catch-22 situation.
Ever come across this or have a suggestion?
Hmm. Yeah, that does become a problem. You could damage the door panel when trying to remove. There are one or two screws that sit towards the front part of the door panel towards the hinges. Well, if you can wait till I am on later this evening, I will give the you break down on how to remove the panel. Hopefully that will help. The only thing you may have to damage is the weather strip towards the hinges to get at the screws.
I will be on later this evening to continue to assist you.
Thanks. I will be on very late this evening, so if I miss you, please don't give up. The front screws are blocked by the side of the dashboard, so not sure what to do other than removing fabric portion, cutting hole, and trying to unlatch.
Another thought was to obtain a string/wire saw and work that around the bar that the latch engages. I could then cut that U-shaped bar to free it from the door jam, but not sure how hard it would be to obtain a replacement piece.
Thoughts on best approach or another approach would be appreciated.
Thanks for the response, but this solution will not work. There are two screws at the forward side of the panel that are blocked (see screwcap H in your diagram, look below it, and you will see the second one). This prevents the panel from being able to swing upward. Also, to even swing it upward, I'd have to be able to pull the rear side of the panel toward me first so that it could swing upward. However, the rear side of the the panel is overlapped by the door jam preventing me from pulling it inward or upward.
I won't be able to try this until Thursday evening. Did you obtain a pic of the door? Also, do you know if the latch is accessed easiest from the inside or the outside using a slimjim?
There's no way to get to either of the sets of screws for the door panel.
Can you possibly get me that latch picture? You had said "I don't have access to a picture for you today but can get one tomorrow at work." That sure would help.