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PostSubject: A PROBLEM WITH A JAMMED RIV DOOR HANDLE.   Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:56 pm

I am trying to get the passenger door open. The outside push button handle is jammed. Question: Will I need to take apart the door trim and if so, can this be done with the door shut. I haven't done anything about it until maybe someone has a suggestion. Thank you. (When I bought the car, there was no problem) It is a 1982 Riviera.
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PostSubject: Re: A PROBLEM WITH A JAMMED RIV DOOR HANDLE.   Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:39 pm

I can't imagine fixing this from outside the door. You will probably need to open the door. I take it the interior handle is also jammed? Try wiggling the lock and door handle at the same time?
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PostSubject: Re: A PROBLEM WITH A JAMMED RIV DOOR HANDLE.   Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:34 pm

randall729 wrote:
I am trying to get the passenger door open. The outside push button handle is jammed. Question: Will I need to take apart the door trim and if so, can this be done with the door shut. I haven't done anything about it until maybe someone has a suggestion. Thank you. (When I bought the car, there was no problem) It is a 1982 Riviera.

I have never done this on a Riviera, but on a Dodge I had with this problem I used a 'slim jim' to move the door latch actuator. Then I could take off the old handle and replace it.

You'll need to see where the Riv's rods run to do likewise, it may not work. I want to think there is a picture on this site somewhere.

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PostSubject: Re: A PROBLEM WITH A JAMMED RIV DOOR HANDLE.   Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:43 pm

I was able to finally un jam the door on my 1982 Riv. It took time for the penetrating oil to take effect. I kept working the door lock up and down and working the door handles also. The door opened and works as new now.
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