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#1 (permalink) Old 03-06-2011, 09:08 PM
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My car just rolled over to out of warranty. The other day I was getting out of my 07 Rio and the inside door handle felt funny. The next time I tried to get out the door wouldn't open. I took the trim around the handle off thinking that the rod going to the latch was unhooked. The rod actually broke in half about an inch from the inside handle. Has this ever happened to anyone? The dealership had that door all apart and broke alot of trim pieces when they were fixing my window rattle a few months ago. If they don't fix it any tips on removing those trim peices and the cost of the "rod"? Thanks! This car sure is saving me alot of money with the way gas is!
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as far as removing the trim pieces it's easiest to go to kiatechinfo.com and look for it there.

it'd be under Kia Rio > 2006 > Body (Interior and Exterior) > Exterior > front door > Components and Components Location > Components

that will give you the illustration on how to remove the trim without messing anything up.

As far as the rod goes you can usually get it from a junk yard for next to nothing. Let me know if you're unable to because i'm going to a junk yard in the next few days and could just get one for you. (pm me if needed) works best.
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Thanks for the response! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Do you happen to know how to get the window handle off? Also I cant seem to find a Rio in the junk yard around here. I will probably have to go to the dealer.
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The door handle I haven't had any luck with. I think the thing is smarter than me. I tried it yesterday to no avail. I tried the towel trick and hasn't work thus far. Only info on KGIS is for power windows from 06-11. The 05 Info is for the towel trick. I've seen a few Rio's at junkyards around here.

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If you figure out for sure how to get that handle off let me know. I haven't had a chance to go by the dealer and see how much the part is yet.
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