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Driver Side won't unlock from outside

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by homer96, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Jun 11, 2009 at 10:47 AM
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    My Tacoma will not unlock from the outside on the driver's side. I have tried to spray penetrating oil in the lock but it did not work so i dont think it's rusted. I was wondering if this is common or if theres an easy way to fix it. It makes for embarrassing dating situations when I have to crawl across my seat to get in my truck. lol
     
  2. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    I guess Im not getting any bites...
     
  3. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:28 AM
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    i had the exact same problem on my 98, my window also wouldn't roll up on that door, i had to pull up and guide it. i also remember the repair estimate to be pretty high to fix the driver door lock so i just wore it and un locked my door everytime from the passenger side.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:32 AM
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    Holy crap my window does the same thing...I really want to fix it before I go to college but not at a hefty price.;)
     
  5. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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    It sounds like the window came out of the track. You should be able to remove the door panel and fix it.
     
  6. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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    Well it goes in and out of track..if im driving and I hit a bump it will be a pain to roll back up but It always pops back in..
     
  7. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    You have manual windows?
     
  8. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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    Yeah...
     
  9. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM
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    As far as the lock goes, the key won't turn? Or the key turns but nothing happens?
     
  10. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:48 AM
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    It will turn some but not all the way.
     
  11. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    Give that penetrating oil some time to work... it also helps if you insert and remove the key repeatedly. It will work eventually. My '98 4Runner used to do the same thing.
     
  12. Jun 11, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    It sounds like one of the internal rods may be jammed inside the door. Take you panel off and you will be able to tell.
     
  13. Jun 12, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    I took the top panel of the door off and looked into the hole for the window...the mechanism is turning but the rod will not move. so i guess the rod is jammed. im not really sure how to fix that.
     
  14. Jun 12, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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    You are going to have to take the entire panel off. You can do the same to the pasengers side for a reference. Just remember the passenger side will be a mirror image of the driver side.
     
  15. Jun 12, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    well i just got the panel off...and Ive felt around in there some to try and find out what is not working right..but im gonna have to take it to someone who knows what theyre doing because Im lost..lol
     
  16. Jun 12, 2009 at 8:13 AM
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    Let me see if I can find the FSM pages for you.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM
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    Ok, got them. Give me a second to post them.
     
  18. Jun 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    Hope these help.

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  19. Jun 12, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    thanks man..I appreciate all the help!
     
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