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Sep 3, 2010, 6:55 PM

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On my 2000 Dodge Neon, i can put my key in the driver side door and it just turns freeley bud doesn't lock or unlock the door, i have to reach in through the passenger side to unlock it. (it doesn't have power locks)

A few days ago i told my buddy about it and him and I pulled the door panel & trim and he played around with some of the cables in there and it worked good until today, when it seems like it must have slipped off again.

I was wondering if anybody knew what I could do to get it to work again?




Sep 3, 2010, 7:38 PM

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UPDATE: I took off the door panel and found that the clip that goes on the inside of the door lock slipped off again, i was able to put it back on, but it looks like there should be something to hold in on to prevent it from slipping off? I wasn't able to find anything inside of the door, i was going to try using some sort of small cotter pin or small hitch pin.

Does anybody have access to a diagram to see if there is some sort of retaining nut or clip to hold this piece on?

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Sep 3, 2010, 10:46 PM

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I don't have a diagram handy but most of those rods have a plastic clip the end slips into. Once the end is end the whole clip rotates down & snaps onto the rest of the rod to stay in place...... (if that makes any sense)


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Sep 4, 2010, 4:11 PM

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Just fixed a friend of mines

His had an E Clip that held the rod and arm to the lock cylinder.
19 cents at Menards.

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    (This post was edited by Double J on Sep 4, 2010, 4:11 PM)


    Sep 4, 2010, 11:50 PM

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    alright thanks for the help guys!, i ended up getting it working, it looks like there should be an E clip there since theres a little grove for something on it. i couldn't find the original E clip it had in the door, so i just used a tiny cotter pin and bent it around so it should hold pretty good.

    Sidom: it does have some groves that make it fit over the lock cylinder a certain way but once it's on it doesn't rotate, but like i said i just used that cotter pin so it should prevent it from slipping off.

    Again thank's for your help!

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