LOCKED OUT ! ACK ! That's what happened the other day when I came out of the store, the door handle wouldn't work. Luckily the back window was open and I was able to use a pole to open the door from the inside. I drive a 27 year old 1985 ford ranger 4x4 that I paid $500 for 2 years ago, other than a tuneup, oil changes and a brake job the truck has not required any maintenance so while this was inconvenient it's not that big a deal.
Step 1: disassembly
I had a pretty good idea what had happened but of course it's hidden behind the door panel. I'm fairly certain the panel has been removed in the past, at least I'm assuming that's why there were 3 different fasteners holding the pieces I needed to remove on. The window crank needed a star driver, the door handle surround had a phillips head screw and the arm rest had hex head screws. They sell a tool for popping the panel fasteners but I didn't have one and will be replacing the panel so I just carefully pulled them out