87-90 Mustang interior door repair

On two of my fox body mustangs I have unfortunatley encountered (somehow at the same time...;sigh;) the driver's side interior door handle failure. I have had the actuator / and/or rod inside the
door-mechanism come apart. Although in this case the interior handles gave way and are now sticking out further than the properly aligned passenger side. On both days it was particulary 'sticky' outside. While I did not force the doors open in any way I believe the humidity affected it just enough. When I look at the extended portion of the handle I see the base block with the three or four 'teeth'. Comparing to the passenger side one extra tooth is now visible(a sign of the handle being out further). Being this the case I had hoped to just push it back in, a nice quick 'click' would probably have been enough. Though no matter how I 'gently' nudge, adjust or angle the handle it will not budge. I have yet to remove the door panel as I cannot see how getting to the backside of the mechanism will produce any results. As in previous models it seems to be a solid block cased around the 'teeth.'
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Holly
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Hollywood wrote:

what it is. While your in there lube everything up so things won't break as easily in the future. It won't fix itself even if you stare at it a long time (I've tried that) :)
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