2002 Kia Spectra

Interior problem
2002 Kia Spectra 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 47000 miles

I have a 2002 Kia Spectra 4dr. Sedan, on which the front
passenger door lock is stuck, The key won't turn and the
inside lock can't be unlocked. The door is closed, so the
door panel screws on the outside edges are hidden by the surrounding door frame. I removed the upholstered
part of the door panel, to try to access the mechanism,
but there is no access hole in the panel. The only hole is
where the door opening lever is, which is about 2x2 in.
I've squirted some lubricant into the hole toward the
mechanism, and also in the key slot on the outside of the door, but nothing works. I'm trying to avoid having to go
to the dealer. Hope you can help me!
November 30, 2009.


Disconnect negative battery cable.

Remove door trim. Refer to "Trim".
Remove one screw on pull handle bracket.
Remove pull handle bracket. NOTE: Peel plastic moisture barrier off carefully so that it can be reused.
Peel off plastic door screen carefully by pulling it away gradually from door frame.
Remove door lock assembly.

Disconnect two remote control rods from outside door handle assembly.

Remove three screws from door lock assembly and remove assembly from access hole.
Remove two mounting nuts from outside door handle.

Remove outside door handle.

Dec 2, 2009.
Mike, the real problem I have is that the door is closed, so the door panel screws around the edges
are hidden by the surrounding door frame. If that
wasn't the case, I could have easily removed the door
panel to get to the lock mechanism. Thank you,

Dec 2, 2009.
You gonna have to work it from the inside thru the door lock actuator and see if it'd open that way otherwise you have to bring it in-

Dec 2, 2009.
I'll try and see if I can do anything through that
opening. Will let you know how it goes, but it'll be a
couple of weeks before I can get to it. Thank you

Dec 2, 2009.