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Old 06-20-2012, 11:50 PM   #1
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2007 ION-2 Sedan
Dizzy 2007 Door Latch Broken (door closed)

The rear cam on the window regulator came loose and the window must have tweaked the door latch linkages and broke the latch while the door was closed. This is the driver side door.

I've managed to get the inner panel off of the door with it closed (not an easy feat). Torqued the cam bolt down and the window is fixed however the door will not open. I can manually work the latch levers (interior and exterior linkages) and I can also work the lock lever. The problem is that the latch doesn't release.

This poses a problem as the door has to be open to replace the latch...

My only way out of this it seems is to either:
a) Give the door a swift kick from the inside to break the latch. I inspected the passenger latch and it looks like plastic. I'm afraid I might break something else with this stunt.
b.) Take the front quarter panel off to access the hinge bolts and unbolt the door from the front side allowing the door to act as a lever to break the latch.

Once I get the door open I should be able to replace the latch...its just getting it open.

Any other ideas????????? Heeeeelp!!!
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