2002 Kia Rio 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 85000 miles
The driver side door of my 2002 Kia Rio seems permanently stuck. The driver's side handle broke off and a friend tried to fix it. Unfortunately, when he took the handle off, the door got shut and refuses to open. The power locks are constantly engaging and the inside handle no longer operates properly. As a result, there has been a lot of sliding inside and out of the car though the passenger side. I now have a replacement handle, but cannot get the door open to install it. Is there any way to release the door so the handle can be put on without damaging the door? Thank you for any help you can provide.
The inside door handle attaches to a small rod that moves back and forth to open the door latch. You will need to remove the interior door handle to access this rod, then use pliers to pull the rod and pop the latch open. There should be a small screw set in the middle of the inside door handle. Remove that screw then use a flat bladed tool (screwdriver) to pop out the door handle enough to reach and unhook the rod.