Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'91 Honda Accord, Can't Open Door
Q: I am unable to open the drivers door on my 91 Honda Accord. The lock is working fine and I used a shim to wedge the door and look inside the door and both the inside handle and the outside are working properly. It is impossible to take the door panel off when the door is in a closed position because the inside handle needs to be removed and the way to do that is by pulling the bottom of the panel off first then reaching up and unscrewing it with a short screw driver. I tried kicking it and I tried a wire coat hanger inside the door on the backside of the latch there is a hole just perfect for a coat hanger. When I put the hanger in the hole, you cannot move the handles. Any ideas would be appreciated.
A: It doesnt sound good, but to get the answer, youll need to take that door panel off. Even then, it is not easy getting into the latch. Make your life a little easier by removing the front seat. I know it not an easy thing to do from the passenger side of the vehicle. Nevertheless, the reality is you need space to move and work to get the door panel off for inspection. Id suggest holding off on using your boot as a tool.