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Doors won't open
« on: April 23, 2009, 02:26:17 PM »
The driver's side front and rear doors on my '85 eagle won't open from the outside and I need a blow up diagram so I can take them apart and fix them
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009, 03:26:04 PM »
More than likely you need new door handles as the tang that goes to the rod that opens the door has broken.  You willl have to pull the interior door panel off to get to the screws that hold the handle assembly on.  You may get lucky and find only the rod clip has come off or is broken.  We do have replacement rod clips in the Eagle Nest Store.  But not door handles.  You will have to post a Wanted Topic for those.  And, welcome to the Nest.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009, 12:13:05 AM »
So, when you say your doors won't open, do you mean that the latch won't disengage? I had a similar problem with one of the doors on my '87, and I thought it was broken. Turns out I just had to force it open from the inside of the car, then oil it. Sounds stupid, but you might try it before taking everything apart. Hope I was of some assistance.

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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009, 06:40:26 AM »
I see he last logged in the day he asked the question. Maybe he got it fixed?
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 09:52:28 PM »
On an Eagle Sedan, both driver side handles would be the same, right? I might need one for the front door but wasn't sure if it would be interchangeable if I were to find a rear handle.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011, 11:34:40 PM »
front and rear are the same. Left /right are not.  Back side is stamped either LH or RH
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2011, 10:18:13 AM »
And they're available in the aftermarket if you search. AMC used them on Jeeps in various ways, but not on the standard CJ/Wrangler front doors. Those are larger.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2011, 01:12:57 PM »
Wrangler factory half doors, for some model years, used them.  My son's '94 Wrangler had them.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2011, 01:40:34 PM »
Don't bother going to a dealership though to get the handles.  I went a few weeks ago asking for a half door door handle, and they wanted $150 a piece :o

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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2011, 08:06:25 PM »
Don't bother going to a dealership though to get the handles.  I went a few weeks ago asking for a half door door handle, and they wanted $150 a piece :o

WOW!  Talk about mark up!
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2011, 10:36:55 PM »
Don't bother going to a dealership though to get the handles.  I went a few weeks ago asking for a half door door handle, and they wanted $150 a piece :o
wow when i went to my local dealership they wanted $250 each i told them i could find them cheaper.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2011, 12:19:57 AM »
Who needs doors that open?


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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2011, 05:38:24 PM »
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2011, 05:52:31 PM »
that was a great shot.  It really looks like Pat is jumping my eagle.  I need to be dressed like a sherriff, with the old hound dog, going "kew, kew, kew."


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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2011, 08:59:02 PM »
i never knew there were canadian rednecks. :rotfl: you gotta the general though.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2011, 02:26:25 AM »
nope sure haven't though someday i hope to go visit some other countries. and yes canada is one of them.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2011, 04:42:42 PM »
You'll love Alberta.  The redneck capital of Canada.    Get in the middle of Montana, and then keep heading north.  You can't miss it.

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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2012, 10:57:31 PM »
Wrangler factory half doors, for some model years, used them.  My son's '94 Wrangler had them.
So if I bought a wrangler half door handle it should be a direct replacement for the eagle handles!? That would be :censored: awesome. I just recently joined the nest after buying a 1984 eagle wagon. I've been trying to find a replacement driver door handle and it's like trying to find a clean hooker... ain't happening.

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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2012, 08:12:51 AM »
Yes. If you buy a pair of YJ half door handles you will get one LH and one RH AMC door handle exactly the same as the AMC Eagle handles. Those are also advertised to be built stronger than the original AMC part. The black ones are the cheapest, but chrome ones are available now. Front and back door handles on the same side of a four door are exactly the same.

Expect to pay about $35 for a pair of black ones on the evil bay.

A member here on the Nest is also making stainless steel repair parts. It is just the paddle, so you need to remove the pin from an old Eagle handle and retain the old rear housing and spring. Besides having to rebuild the handle yourself, the stainless steel paddles cost about twice as much. I bought two pairs of his stainless steel paddles for my nicest Eagle and am happy with their quality. Obviously most of my Eagles will be getting the cheaper YJ handles however.
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Re: Doors won't open
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2012, 12:06:16 PM »
I did the YJ halfdoor handles about 10 years ago on SOTE (Pass side only). I reused the original frame and just put the new paddle into the old frame because the screw holes to hold the new frame to the door weren't drilled or threaded.
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