Alfa Romeo 159 2.2 JTS 185hp
Hi. I just drove my 159 and everything seemed to be fine... until... I parked and tried to get out of the car and the door wouldn't open. I thought that it's probably just the inside handle that won't work, so I opened the window and tried to open it from outside, but nothing happens. I managed to climb out from the passengers side. I then struggled to remove the inside door panel which was really hard because the panel was stuck between the door and the dashboard. I thought that it will be necessary to remove the panel in order to fix the problem, so I shred the panel off, while knowing that I will be breaking 3 of the small white pins that hold the panel in place, but thought that I would just get new ones. I managed to remove everything from the way and everything looked okay. None of the cables were out of place and everything seemed normal. I'm pretty sure, that the problem is in the latch mechanism. I'll just buy a new latch and replace the old one and everything should be working again. But how do I remove the latch mechanism if I wont get access to the three bolts that are holding it in place, because I can't get the door open. I had just recently put new bolts in, because somehow the previous owner of the car had removed all 3 of them and the latch was wiggling around. When I put the new bolts in, I noticed that the latch didn't lock with the undermost bolt in place, so I removed it and the door worked as it should, with just the 2 bolts holding the latch in place. I didn't have any problem with it until now. I'm pretty sure that the problem is with the new bolts I installed. This problem messes my head up and I don't know what to do anymore. Has anyone had a similar problem and have you been able to solve it without prying the door open with force and completely destroying the door? I hope that somebody could help me. Thanks in advance!