There is no real service procedure for this type of fault. The fact that you have the panel off is a good step ahead. Trace the linkage rod from the inside door handle to the latch, and see what it actuates, and can it be manually actuated. Also do the same for the lock rod, has any of them come disengaged. If you can determine how it operates, you may be able to come up with a solution to get it open. If you unbolted the hinges, you would still have the door latch attached. Getting the door correctly adjusted after loosening the hinges, would almost take a body shop. Is the door still closed tight, or has it become slightly ajar? If it is slightly ajar, and everything appears to be attached, push on it to try and close it fully and try the cycle again.
Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 3:47 PM