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Many car doors are designed to open from the inside when locked so that the occupants can escape the car in an emergency, it's totally normal, although not all cars have that feature. In a car fire you don't want to have to fumble for the lock in order to get out. How this works is different for many manufacturers, and between cars. On my current mercedes ...


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You'll find that most driver's doors can be unlocked/opened from the inside by pulling the handle without first unlocking them. This is due to the driver's assumed competence in deciding when it is a proper time to open the door. In contrast, the rear doors do not typically unlock when the handle is pulled due to the likelihood that children occupy those ...


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No. You have to remove the panel to get to the bolt. It is completely within the door structure. Realistically, don't be so afraid of the weather sheathing. I think most people's problem with it is they try to take it off too fast. The goo which holds it to the door is meant to be pulled apart, then you can re-stick it when you put it back together. You ...


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No, you cannot change that bolt without taking the panel off, you'll have to bite the bullet on that one. Don't worry about the plastic, go slow and use a paint scraper or butter knife to help pry it off. If it tears duct tape is your friend. If rust prevention is your aim you'll want that panel off in any case so you can inspect the inside of the door for ...


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Behind the handle are two studs with nuts that hold the handle in place. You will need to take the interior door panel off and reach into the door to tighten these nuts.


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It depends on the manufacturer. As stated by @GdD this is an explicit safety provision for cases of crashes. Note emphasis. It is worth to note that modern Volkswagen cars (I can confirm Golf and Passat >=2014) implement SAFE lock, which blocks the handle when the anti-theft is armed. Despite the name, this one is a security (emphasis again) provision that ...


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My Fiat 500 and Nissan Qashqai both open from the inside with no need to unlock the doors, unless child lock is activated on that door. How old is your Corolla ? I don't remember seeing this on newer cars I suppose it's designed under the assumption that locking is meant to stop people from getting into the car (thieves and other unwanted hitchhikers) and ...


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TL DR: This isn't how it's supposed to be. They should be the same from side to side ... however ... However, stuff happens. As Solar Mike aluded to, things happen on the assembly line which can give you the wrong options. More than likely the dealership never even noticed, or maybe they did notice and that's why they made it the convenience vehicle. ...


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Just to close this out...I discovered that someone bought and installed some type of "after market" stick on imitation chrome covers for door handles. So either one side fell off or they never did the other side. Grrrr. Thanks for the replies.


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My friend had an issue with his 2012 golf door handle. It would open from inside but not the outside one. Started happening when it was cold out. When pulling on the outside handle it felt like it was not connected to anything. After bringing to the dealership they replaced the cable that went from outside handle to unlocking mechanism. There's a revised ...


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As David says in his comment, there's likely to be another issue causing this - most likely, one of the linkages inside the door is either bent or incorrectly located (perhaps it's come out of it's runner, or a clip somewhere has snapped) which is leading to the forces acting in the wrong direction on the handle. I'd suggest comparing the inside of the ...


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