Door handle malfunction 1998 Lexus GS300


Old 04-06-08, 06:17 AM
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Red face Door handle malfunction 1998 Lexus GS300

My front drivers side outside door handle doesn't work. I can open the door from the inside, but not from the outside. The handle lifts, but does not engage the mechanism that opens the door. The inside door handle works, so I know that it is isolated to the outside handle. Can anyone help a poor girl get into her car??
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Old 04-06-08, 10:20 AM
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Do you know how to remove the door panel?. Sorry I can't help there since it has been a while, more likely the rod felt out from the exterior door handle(inside the door).

Do you know that you can use your key to rolls the windows down?. Just in case you forgot how to use it, use the key to unlock the door, then hold the key on the unlock position for 3 seconds, both front windows will goes down, sunroof may open too.
Old 04-07-08, 05:15 AM
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yes...either the outside door handle has broken or the retainer that holds the rod in place on the outside handle. it's a visual verification, so the inside trim pad must be removed.

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