Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2005 Cadillac DeVille driver's side door will no longer open from the inside

Door Will Not Get Open From Inside

Most probably the inside door Handel holding assembly is got bit loose or the door Handel is broken and needs replacement.
The door Handel assembly easily available at local auto part store or at dealer.

It costs approx $30 to $ 50.The rate depens on quality and store.

What's Inside The Door Panel Assembly

You'll need to remove screws that are by the door handle, arm rest, under door and side of door and then gently pull back on the panel as there will also be retaining clips attached and you don't want to break them.

You'll need to lift the door panel upwards in order to get it off the window ledge.

If needed, you can pull back the weather seal (can't reuse it, but it's not that important) and you will be able to access everything inside the door.


If the Door Is Not Getting Open and To Manually Open the Door From Inside


You need  remove the cover that is behind the inside door handle and  you will see the arm that connects to the handle.
Inspect this arm carefully, if its connected then you will have to remove the inner door panel,if its come off the handle and you get a hold of it you can pull on it and the door should open.

Please dont apply force,you have to be patient to remove the door panel with the door closed.
You will need to remove some screws to loosen the panel from the steel door inner panel.(arm rest,cover behind the handle).
Once this is done pop up the power door/window switch control and remove the plug attached.
Pull out the inner door panel to unhook the clips around the outside edge of the panel,you will have to move the seat to get better access to some,then remove the panel and reach into the inner door and move the unlock arm to open the door.
You may have clips that are broken that allowed the arms to come off that need replacing to fix the problem.
The clips are made up of plastic and easily available at Auto parts store.



ALSO view the condition of door handel,is the cable that holds the handel from inside got loose.

The inside handle is broken and not pulling the cable. When you replace it you will need either a commercial rivet gun and large rivets (like the factory used):
door Handel fittings
Or replace the rivets with a nut & bolt. If you use the nut & bolt I would use some blur Lock-Tite.


Basically there are two types of door handel used.

See the image shown below:

door handel replacement

The first one is missing a piece of plastic on the handle right were the lock latch is.
Cadillac deville driverside door Handel.


If the door lock changes position while the door is closed, the interior door handle will open the door only once, and then the door will not latch nor will the handle operate the mechanism UNTIL you lock and unlock the door, which can take several times pressing lock and unlock until it unjams itself.


If the door latch is not completely unlocked, it won't latch when you close the door.

You can test this by holding the lock knob down a bit, and try closing the door.

The repair on such cases needs a new lock actuator, it will not unlock fully because the rubber boot is gone, and it corroded the solenoid.


This details will help.
Thanks.



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