83 Westie sliding door mechanism stuck


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Hi there, my 83 Westie has been sitting covered for a year and a half and she started like the tough little soldier she is but the sliding door won't budge. the outside door handle has been broken for a few years, and the door lock mechanism on the inside has to be held up to open from the inside door handle -- so it's been needing work for a long time.

I've WD-40ed everything and removed what I could remove to take a look on the inside mechanism. I don't have my Bentley manual with me -- any suggestions on how to trouble shoot this to get the door open?

The inside door handle does not budge at all when I'm either pushing it forward or pulling it back.

Any tips most welcome, thanks!