2003 camry 3.0L v6 rear driver side door wont open

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Old 07-29-17, 07:58 PM
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2003 camry 3.0L v6 rear driver side door wont open

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On 2003 v6 3.0 L camry driver side rear passenger door handle is broken and also inside handle is not able to open the door. I am trying to put new handle but can't open door. Any ideas on how to open the door? Please help
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Would a slim jim work?
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The outside door handle doesn't work or is broken off the car ?

Do those rear doors have child safety locks ?
That's when the inside handles don't open the rear passenger doors.
 
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Hmm. I can try and see if that will work but since the handle and inside latch both are not connecting to open so i am wondering if slim jim will do the work
 
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If the door is not locked.... a slim jim will not help.
 
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Yes the car is not locked. I can't check if child safety lock is on . I can get inside the car but the inside latch is not opening the door so may be child safety lock is on. I cannot even open the door panel as its not opening. Any help will be appreciated.
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You didn't say if the outside handle was not working or broken.

If the handle is physically broken you may be able to work thru it to open the door.
Otherwise you may have to remove the rear seat to gain access to remove the interior door panel.
 
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slim jim is a dollar in a dollar store. It is always worth trying it. It is a mechanical device that pulls latch unlocked. Of course, you need to know how to operate it.
Safe to presume this is not power door locks?
 
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@Pete,
Yes the outside handle is broken and inside latch is not working. I am believing that it is due to child lock. I removed the seat but there no access to screws in bottom of door to remove screws.
@Ukrbyk,
let me try slim jim and see if that works. Yes It is a power door locks.
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Well if you have power door locks, then it should open from power door locks, safety or not. From a driver side main door lock switch at least. If it does not and you hear locks cycling, then something came off the lock mechanism and it will not unlatch.
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kPWfByAGR8

Check videos list to the right.
there are several various videos showing different approaches to the issue.
 
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As far as I know.... when the child safety lock is on..... the inside handle is not engaged..... only the outside one. Nothing to do with the actual door lock.
 
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In some of the suggestions on using a slim jim, I see confusion between "lock" and "latch". As i read it, the door is unlocked but can't be opened.

Try this:

Check other side door to see the exact location of the child lock. Now use the slim jim, but not in the traditional way via the window slot, but rather from inside the back seat between door edge and door framing.

I checked wife's 09 and the little child lock switch appears to be fairly accessible to being slid in this manner. Don't have my slim jim handy to try it, but I think it'll work.

You may need to pre-bend the slim jim to fit in the gap.
 
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