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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

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It's not a problem with the door not opening at all, It's the fact that it won't open by operating the interior handle. It's just like having child locks enabled.
I don't know what I was thinking yesterday when I said that. It's actually the other way round and the door won't open from the outside. It's like having the child lock on, but in reverse. Think I must be going doolally!
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

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does sound like a rod has dropped out from the latch mechanism..
Fiat does have a history of using old-fashioned wire coathangers to connect door handles to latches.
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

It's only flippin' fixed itself! Not done anything to it and all of a sudden the door is happy to open again from the outside. Let's see how long this lasts.

So, the fix is to leave it alone for a few weeks, eventually get round to booking it in for a dealer visit and then try the door again the day before it's due to go to the dealer and then cancel the visit. Worked for me.
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

I'd be taking the door card off and examine the rods and clips. Also a light greasing on the moving parts, also a look in the bottom of the door for broken bits.

Tell your passengers not to slam the doors
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It's only flippin' fixed itself! Not done anything to it and all of a sudden the door is happy to open again from the outside. Let's see how long this lasts.

So, the fix is to leave it alone for a few weeks, eventually get round to booking it in for a dealer visit and then try the door again the day before it's due to go to the dealer and then cancel the visit. Worked for me.


Glad to hear this has sorted itself out!

Possibly temperature related? We've had some scorchers the past month or so, but it seems to have cooled down over the last week.
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Possibly temperature related?
Nah. I'm afraid that it's not been that hot up here - just outside Aberdeen.

Can only think that whatever had moved out of postion, has now moved back................... until the next time!
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Nah. I'm afraid that it's not been that hot up here - just outside Aberdeen.

Can only think that whatever had moved out of postion, has now moved back................... until the next time!


Fingers crossed for you mate!
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

To revive an older thread.... last week the rear passenger-side outside door handle on our 10 month old Panda Cross stopped working, and today the front passenger door outside door handle on my 4 year old Panda Lounge has done the same thing! Whatís wrong with Fiat door handles? The rubber seals donít stick at all and the inside handles work fine in both cases, just the outside handles donít operate the latch. At least the Cross will be covered by the warranty (I hope) so Iíll see what that is before tackling the Lounge myself. Any tips on removing the front door interior trim to get at the mechanism please.
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

Mine were stuck..but i fixit with some heavy grease on the slider rod that goes in the door.That was months ago ..and still smooth as ever.By heavy grease i mean like old gear bearing grease
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Anyone got any tips on removing the front door interior trim to get at the mechanism. I notice some screws on the open end of the door but it this all that holds the trim on?
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

There are also some of those super annoying clips all around. They require excessive force to remove, making you worry that something will break, so you end up trying to be gentle and pry them open with a pry tool, but then they snap back when you move on to the next clip so in a fit of rage you yank really hard, breaking two and snapping the speaker wires.

Then again, I am not a patient person.
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It's only flippin' fixed itself! Not done anything to it and all of a sudden the door is happy to open again from the outside. Let's see how long this lasts.

So, the fix is to leave it alone for a few weeks, eventually get round to booking it in for a dealer visit and then try the door again the day before it's due to go to the dealer and then cancel the visit. Worked for me.


Flipiní Ďeck! ours have self righted as well after being totally inoperative for 3 days. No idea why. Cooler air temperatures maybe?
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Flipiní Ďeck! ours have self righted as well after being totally inoperative for 3 days. No idea why. Cooler air temperatures maybe?


Now, after several months of working okay, it wonít work at all from the outside. The interior handle remains depressed into the door recess, rather than flush with the surface of the door, but will still open the door. The outside handle lifts but does nothing. I suppose it is safer to be able to get out, but not in, rather than the other way around. Will this still be covered by the warranty as the car is now 18 months old, or is it going to cost me, I wonder?
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

You have 6 months of main 2 year warranty left. So case of finding dealer with some mechanical sympathy who can get the trim off without breaking anything. Definitely case of booking car in in person as I discovered that no one would touch my ventilation bulb issue when I emailed, but a friend sorted instead.
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Re: Back door won't open, any ideas

Had a similar problem complicated by the child proof locks being engaged. Took back to main dealer under warranty and they managed to fix it. However, on close inspection a day later found there was damage to the interior panel and a number of pimple dents to the exterior bodywork.
Not impressed so took pictures and returned car to dealers.
After a few 'discussions' they finally agreed to repair and respray entire door and replace butchered interior panel.
Not a good experience from a Fiat dealer and not impressed with a certain amount of bull that was tried - possibly in an attempt to get me to accept a cheaper (for them) solution. A number of trips to the garage and being without the car for a number of days was more inconvenience.
Hope you get it sorted.
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