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help door handle wont open door

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 00taco, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. Dec 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    00taco

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    i have a 00 tacoma ext cab and the drivers side door handle is not working. i pull and it wont open door. and if i pull it slowly the lock actually goes down. i saw new handles on ebay but is it as simple as replacing that or is it a rod or something else needed fixed? thanks you in advance
     
  2. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    Is it the interior or exterior handle that isn't working right?
     
  3. Dec 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    JLee

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    It's really hard to say whats wrong without removing the door panel. It could just be a linkage problem. I would take off the door panel and try and open the door and you should be able to see the problem.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    its exterior and i will try to open it up soon and see
     
  5. Oct 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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    jayyyg84

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    Hey bud did you ever figure out what the problem was with your door??? I have same issue too!!
     
  6. Oct 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM
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    It sounds like you need a new handle. I replaced both my front exterior door handles last year. It's not exactly an easy job but I was able to do it.

    When you lift up on the handle, there is a part of that handle that makes contact with a part of the door lock / opening mechanism. That part on the handle wears out from use and doesn't making contact any more and won't allow you to open your door.
     
  7. Jan 8, 2015 at 7:41 PM
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    I am a first time poster on this forum. My drivers side exterior handle is about to break, on my 99 Tacoma Xtra cab. The return spring on the interior same door broke as well. Where is the best place to get parts?
     
  8. Jan 8, 2015 at 7:52 PM
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    I just bought mine off Ebay
     
  9. Jan 9, 2015 at 8:29 AM
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    Thanks, I'll give it a try
     
  10. Jan 9, 2015 at 1:40 PM
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    bry838

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    I have a 2000 and had the same issue. Damn lock would go down as you were pulling on the handle! WTF right? I ended up getting enough of the door panel loose to look at the latch area. Was able to lube up everything in that area and that was all it took. Its been like five years now and still good to go!
     
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