Help! I have a '91 Suburban and the rear (as in the tail of the car,
not the back doors) door will not open. It's one of the side-by-side
models, and the button on the door handle popped out. Now I cannot open
the door. I have reinserted the button, but it does not re-engage
whatever it had been previously clipped to. I think I have to remove
the inside door panels in order to get access to the locking mechanism,
etc., but in order to do so the door must be open. There is not easy
access to screws with the door closed, and it looks like parts of the
car (interior ceiling, esp.) would block panel removal even if all the
screws were out.
Can't open the door without removing the panel.
Can't remove the panel without opening the door.
I have contemplated knocking the pins out of the hinges, which are
easily accessible, but I am reluctant to do so unless it's my last
resort. I have a Suburban on-vehicle shop manual and there is nothing
in it about knocking out the pins so I'm holding off in case someone
has a better idea.