Door panel on '99 Honda Odyssey

honda
odyssey
doors

#1

The inside latch on one of the sliding doors isn’t working…when you pull back the handle nothing happens…we can open the door from the outside but not from the inside



I want to look at the mechanism that’s inside the door and see what’s going on so I can fix it…I suspect the cable that’s attached to the handle mechanism is loose



How difficult is it to get the inside door panel off? I know there’s a clip holding the handle in place and I know there are fasteners all around the door (I downloaded a parts sketch from a dealer’s website so I have an idea of the parts involved)



I’m willing to attempt the repair but haven’t worked on doors/mechanisms like this before…so before I start I want to know whether I’m getting in over my head with this one


#2

You’re already on the right track. Removing the door panel is simple, and it probably won’t take you long to figure out the problem once you get a look inside the door.

Go for it.


#3

Thanks - how about that clip that’s holding the door handle? Do I remove the clip and handle first, or remove the door pannel first?


#4

Have you checked your owners manual to make sure there is no safety switch that disables the door from opening from the inside that could have been accidentally turned on. I think most cars have such a switch and is usually located in the door jam.


#5

The clip would have to come off before the panel does.


#6

Thanks - I know about the switch you’re talking about…I checked that it was in the same position as the other slider (which works fine) and the latch is still a problem…so I don’t think the safety switch is an issue


#7

OK - thanks…I’ll start by removing the handle clip first then the handle then the panel…I’m really curious to get a look at the inside mechanism