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Old January 7th, 2018, 11:33   #1
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Default 2002 MK4 Front Door Wouldn't Open Door From Inside Or Outside

I have a 02 MK4 Jetta TDI and I couldn't get the drivers door open,and I tried everything I found online on forums, websites, youtube. Most places told me to bust the door card, take off the metal panel, and hit the lock with a hammer until it opened. I studied it for quite a while, and finally took the back door off, and used a high speed air saw to cut though the latch that was deadlocked, and the door opened right up. With the door open I did not have the damage the door card, and was able to replace the actuator with a new OEM VW one. The latch was beyond repair in my opinion. If I did it again I would use tape to protect the paint since I put a small scratch in it. I made a video of what I did and uploaded it to youtube. Hope if you cant get your door open no matter what you've tried as a last resort this may help. Any thoughts please let me know!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWIWLc8i3t4&t=7s

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Old January 7th, 2018, 17:48   #2
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dockter75,

Excellent job on figuring out a way to get the door open with out destroying the door panel. Thanks for making the video and posting the link.

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Old January 7th, 2018, 19:01   #3
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Nice video! Congrats on thinking outside the box!
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Old January 8th, 2018, 19:34   #4
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Thanks for the reply's! I hope this helps some people that have the same problem. I really studied that door actuator it seemed like a total waste to destroy a perfectly good door panel.
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Old January 10th, 2018, 22:27   #5
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Pure genius, seriously!

But what amazes me more is the tool organization as seen from 3:56-3:59.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 00:35   #6
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About the tool organization let me explain. The weather quickly turned form 40 above F to like -30 F and I had to get the car inside to work on it I got caught off guard. I had to really quickly make room in the shop. I never planed on doing a how to video but when it worked I wanted to share it with the community that has helped me many times before.

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Old January 12th, 2018, 20:37   #7
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I mean no offense. I love to see real people, posting real clips in their real time enviroment. Leave the fake/staged stuff for TV.

And like mentioned before, great "thinking outside the box!"
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Old January 12th, 2018, 21:21   #8
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None taken! Hope it helps other members that's the main thing. Now on to putting the tools away
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