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1st generation Tacoma door will not unlock- *SOLVED*

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Markcal, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Apr 2, 2017 at 6:13 AM
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    glenn27

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    Picked up the part Thursday at work, and box of the little 'push clips' for the door panel.....
    Replacement work to commence (hopefully) this weekend....will be somewhat slow, however, as I'm still recovering from some back surgery, so I'll be working off the little roller stool.

    glenn
     
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  2. Apr 5, 2017 at 4:16 PM
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    glenn27

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    Done deal==2-1/2 hours under my carport on a warm Saturday afternoon. Sitting on my little roller-stool made it a lot easier on my back (recent surgery)....tagged the wires and connections, and went to town. hardest part was getting the very top most plastic retainer clip off the linkage--I didn't have a replacement for that one.........Pulled the outside door handle and lock cylinder, turn it over and the linkage popped loose..:thumbsup::thumbsup: Before doing anything to the outer door surface--I put a heavy layer of duck- tape all around the handle to avoid scratches--worked good. Couple of pic's==I know guys like mechanical things....

    BTW--if this happens to you--don't be afraid of it, as I was at first--I did a little research, and some videos--and just went for it--saved a bundle--and satisfied that I can still 'do' the small things. You'll ride easy!

    glenn
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  3. Apr 9, 2017 at 5:03 AM
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    BTW--forgo to mention this--the above after-market part was identical (with plastic clips and wire harness included to original OEM part. I know some stuff is NOT the same--you have to make it work--but this was identical (except not worn out)
    :cheers::cheers:
    glenn
     
  4. Apr 27, 2017 at 9:32 AM
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    Mr Chips

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    THanks for the comment.
    Where do you spray?
    Can't pull my button up but the inside and outside handles work. So it might be a lobe issue rather than spring. But thanks to the spring fix.
     
  5. May 1, 2017 at 12:03 PM
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    I spray it in the key hole and put my key back in the key hole and gently work it till it pops loose again.
     
  6. May 31, 2017 at 8:00 PM
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    So where can I buy that little replacement spring? I've looked at Lowes, and Menards. They don't have the variety that they once did. I'll be checking Menards next. I've taken my door apart twice. If I apply a slight amount of pressure on the tab where the spring is held my locks work as they should. This tells me that the spring is tired and the problem should be fixed with a good strong replacement spring.
     
  7. May 31, 2017 at 8:55 PM
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    Try Ace Hardware
     
  8. Jul 31, 2017 at 6:36 AM
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    I just had this problem last weekend and stumbled across this video. However most of the threads I came across the problem was the spring like in the video. Once I got my door open, I found that the plastic guide that sits on the lock arm that swings the arm that actuates the latch in and out of action had broken off. After several hours of searching online and visiting three separate auto parts stores, I determined it was impossible to find what I needed. Ended up going to the junkyard and it took all of five minutes to pull the part I needed, but not before someone took advantage of the fact my door was unlocked and snagged my Surefire flashlight and Ipod.
     
  9. Nov 13, 2017 at 8:36 PM
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    So I have a problem with my passenger side lock, the key Will not unlock it. It's stuck. It had begun to get a bit stiff over the past year, and would pop a couple times as I turned it, but now it won't budge. Will the graphite spray fix that?
     
  10. Nov 15, 2017 at 6:53 PM
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    As you were trying to lean in with the camera, I was angling myself to try to view in the corner. Too hilarious.
     
  11. Jun 8, 2018 at 8:22 AM
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    @tcBob please un-sticky. Too many stickies in the first gen section.
     
  12. Aug 27, 2018 at 1:19 PM
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  13. May 14, 2019 at 9:49 AM
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    Mine had this happen yesterday on the passenger side. Looks like I’m going to have to remove he passenger seat to get my panel off and door open. I am hoping mine is only the spring.
     

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