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Door wont open

My buddy has 96 ram and cant get his door to open from the inside or outside. He said that all the linkage works and thinks its in the actual latch. So how could he be able to get the door open? I dont think you can even get the door panel off with the door closed?

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Generally the excapment lever ( ratchet latch ) will be partly exposed to a probe from inside or out side under the window, the target is usually less than 1/2 inch on the side or top of the latch case.

Take the latch out of a wreck, the other door or get a new one to find the probable cause, it is most likly a rusted off small spring or hardened grease. Hardened grease can sometimes be softened with a spray straw under the window or by warmer weather.

To make space at the belt weatherstrip use a 1/2 or 3/4 in thick wedge cut from 2x stock. A small LED soldered to something like thermostat wire will light the inside of the door. Window down is usually easier but not always.

One other possibility is that someone may have tried to unlock the door and disconnected linkage and the linkage then jambed with the lock out of 'time' ( manual lock button pushed with the inside handle pulled ). Another is that the electric lock motor may have seized

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