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91 Cadillac Seville, Reader's Response
Q: Recently a reader asked for help in dealing with a medical condition that interferes with using his '91 Cadillac Seville. The following is an excerpt from the reader's letter. "I love this car and hoped it would outlive me, and it probably will. The problem is the door opener. In order to open the door, one must put four fingers behind the handle, push a button with the thumb, and pull the door open. The problem is me. I have severe osteoporosis, and pushing this button causes permanent damage to my thumbs. I then started using my bent 1st finger to open the door. This worked for a while, but now this finger is in pain. My question is do you have any suggestions which will allow me to keep this car? Is there another door handle that can be substituted for the existing one?"

The call went out to fellow readers for assistance in solving this reader's problem. Harold Besmanoff e-mailed this helpful solution to share with our readers.....

"For many years custom cars with "shaved" door handles have used push-button operated solenoids to unlatch the door. It isn't too difficult to interface a remote-control beeper (as used to pop trunks and set car alarms) with this system to allow the driver to press a button and have the door open. A good alarm shop could probably fabricate something like this for the Cadillac owner, but then the question of cost comes into play. Maybe with a doctor's prescription it could be covered under health insurance?"

I'd like to thank Harold and all the readers responding, good job troops!

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