[Edit] Assume all the latch linkages are broken. I've removed some of the inner door panel, but there is not much room to work, as I have to keep my wrist bent. Is there a technique for opening or even removing the door if the linkage is somehow broken right at the lock itself?
How can I get this sucker open? The handle/latch assembly has been dented in by a minor accident, and the door is stuck shut. The handle has full range of motion, but the internals are jammed somehow.
Here's an exterior look at the dented-in handle assembly..
I was able to remove the interior handle/lock, exposing the rod. Lifting up on the rod does nothing, even with aggressive force. I think I get resistance in the last %15 of the range of motion.
Fortunately I can still get the window down. I managed to lasso the lever arm and pull up, hard, but it's useless. I don't feel any resistance either, which makes me think the metal linkage arm is just flexing, but not actuating the lock for some reason..
Finally, and it's difficult to photograph, but I have some of the interior door panel pulled away. It's enough to see more of the linkages. I'm certain I'm teasing the linkages in the proper direction, but no amount of strength on the linkage rods nor any amount of pushing I can muster is opening this door.
Is it possible the linkages are broken right where they meet the locking mechanism on the frame? If so, and realizing I can't contort my wrist or elbow enough to feel around near the frame, is there any other way to get this door open at this point? Any ideas what a body shop might try in the even of a T-boned door, etc?