Originally posted by penguin
"need to be lubed every year to avoid any problems..."
Are you talking about the stuff inside that requires removal of the door panel, or just to stuff that can be reached where the door latches?
Yes, you have to pull the inner door skin off to get to it...
It's basically cause by the failure of the mechanism to fully return to the home position...and worse yet, the mechanism is designed in such a way that the outer handle is single action, meaning it will pull the latch, de-activating the retaining hook, but it can not return it back to it's normal position...it relies on a spring to do so.
You'll probably notice some 'play' in your outer handle when this is occuring...
And it worse cases, the door won't latch shut properly, leaving it open...