Troubleshooting Tips: Toyota T100 Door Handle
You got dressed in under five minutes this morning, skipped breakfast, and drove like mad to get to work on time. You would not have been late if not for your door handle that, apparently, is not being friendly to you today. What could be possibly worse than being late for a meeting because you happen to be stuck inside your car for some precious minutes because the door handle in your Toyota T100 just won't work? We understand the frustration, since the door handle is one of those parts in your car that you kind of look past during maintenance services. You just never thought it would eventually give way too, do you? Fear not, tomorrow will be a different day if you follow the troubleshooting tips below to augment your situation until you find the time to bring your car for repairs.
From inside: Remove the plastic encasing of the door handle.
Remove the plastic encasing using a flathead screwdriver. If you don't have one stashed handily in your glove box, you can try prying the encasing open using a coin. After you have removed the encasing, you should see the rod mechanism running from the door handle to the lock. Give a little pull and your car should open like normal. Fair warning though; this can be a little tricky, given that you are risking damaging the door handle mechanism as a whole if you are not careful enough.
From outside: Gain access from the window.
Sure, it sounds like we are advising you to try carjacking your own car; but before we put you off with this idea, let us defend ourselves by saying that this troubleshooting tip is endorsed by automotive service centers worldwide. Practically so, since there definitely is no other way to reach the door handle mechanism if not from your car windows. To do this, you should roll the window down and carefully wedge a nonmetal object between the glass and the door panel. You should see a long rod of some sort that releases the lock mechanism, reach for it and trip it to open your car door. And, voila! You are inside your car in a jiffy!