See that? That is the door lock mechanism for a MINI Cooper (click through for the how-to at NAM). For those of you that follow along at twitter, you might remember reading last week that my door stopped opening from the inside. So, since I was successful in the fuel pump replacement on Friday, this should be an easy fix.
My fingers are numb and my right hand is covered with grease, but I at least I know 2 things; how to get at the door lock mechanism and how to replace it.
The piece labeled "Inner door lock cable attach point" on mine has worn out. If I had to guess, the spring inside has sprung it’s last time, causing the door pull to not open the door.
The door is locking and does open from the outside. Slightly inconvenient, but it works. Depending on the cost of this part, I might be doing that for a while. I will not be entering and exiting my car like one of the Duke Boys, so get those thoughts out of your head.