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Old 08-26-2011, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We can no longer open the rear driver's door from the outside. When we pull on the handle, it moves normally there is no tension on it and nothing happens with respect to the door opening.

With some finagling, we have opened the door once from the inside. Not positive how many times that can be repeated. There were no previous issues with the door opening. It just didn't work one day. There is no issue with the power locks.

Is something broken on the handle? Did something disconnect from the door handle? Is something else broken inside?

We are the second owner of the car. It has approximately 60k miles on it.

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Old 08-26-2011, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Sonata has a switch on the driver's (and passenger's ?) front that disables the rear door locks. Could it have been hit accidentally?
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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QUOTE (Dennis the Mennis @ Aug 26 2011, 02:02 PM)
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The Sonata has a switch on the driver's (and passenger's ?) front that disables the rear door locks. Could it have been hit accidentally?
The only rear door switch that I know of disables opening of the rear doors from the inside, regardless of whether the door is locked or not. This prevents someone, kids mostly, from accidently opening the doors. The door can only be opened from the outside when unlocked if this switch has been set.
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It definitely feels like something has disconnected from the handle because there is a lot of tension on the handle that still works (rear passenger) and the inoperable one just flops in and out.

The passenger side door handles, internal and external, operates perfectly.

The handle is plastic so I'm wondering if a piece of it broke off inside the door where I can't see it and something internally is no longer connected to the handle.

It looks like opening up the door is not a huge effort based on what I have read on this site. We'll probably try it when it cools down a little outside. The car is not garaged and the FL sun has been beating on it all day!
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Your gonna have to take the door panel off. The rod that connects to the outside door handle probably popped off or, like you said, broke. Not something that normally happens, but it does happen. I'm sure you can find an assembly drawing of the rear door somewhere. That will help you find all the screws you will need to remove from the door panel to get it off. Not that difficult of a job.
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It is cable from latch to the door handle... had 1 recently where dent repair fella must have got tool tangled in cable and pop it out of bracket... I know this from all the groups of scratches inside the door,, dead give-away,,, that not covered by Hyundai warranty.

Had to remove entire panel with latch & handle, and re-connect cable into holder at handle.
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comments.

I ordered a replacement handle for less than $20 but it will probably take a week to get to FL from CA. I will report back my results. Sounds like even a car care newbie like me might be able to fix this. I was pretty proud of myself when I figured out how to change the cabin air filter when the dealer wanted $50!
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QUOTE (Happy Hyundai @ Aug 26 2011, 10:06 PM)
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Thanks for the comments.

I ordered a replacement handle for less than $20 but it will probably take a week to get to FL from CA.

If you bought the exterior handle, you not done anything but spend $20 for a spare handle.

As noted above, there is cable from latch to the handle framework inside the door.. the cable likely popped off the mount.
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Old 08-28-2011, 12:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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QUOTE (sbr711 @ Aug 27 2011, 04:04 PM)
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If you bought the exterior handle, you not done anything but spend $20 for a spare handle.

As noted above, there is cable from latch to the handle framework inside the door.. the cable likely popped off the mount.
My question is whether the cable just popped off or whether a piece of the plastic handle broke off. The part is returnable and the shipping was free. If the handle is not broken, I will have wasted a couple of dollars for return shipping but it's worth it to not have to open the door twice.
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I am doing real well today... forgot my camera,, and I have a front and rear actuators on Sonata today..

Co-worker forgot his camera, but he went and got it during lunch,, and we took pics of both assembly.

My reader dont like KODAK SD card... and I left home with out the SD to USB reader I found around the house.. I'll have to bring his card home and save the stuff at home to post here.
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