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post #1 of 6 Old 02-22-2011, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Rear driver door stuck on lock

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Rear Drivers Side Door

Ive got the panel off from the inside and tried pushing and pulling the rod to unlock it but having no luck. I soaked everything i could see in there with WD40 with still no luck. Anyone know how to get it unlocked?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-22-2011, 03:32 PM
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-22-2011, 05:29 PM
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Look in with a flashlight an observe where the push/pull rod connects to the door latch assembly. See what is keeping it from pivoting.

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-11-2011, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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I got the door open and found the problem, it was not stuck on lock but the rod that is supposed to go back up after you pull/push the lever on the handle to open the door does not go back, the spring and components are rusted. I soaked in WD40 and moved it up and down by hand but it is still not retracting like it should. Anyone know how to fix this or am i just going to have to replace it?

here is a pic of what im talking about

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post #5 of 6 Old 03-11-2011, 07:32 PM
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WD-40 is neither a cleaner nor lubricant. Use Throttle Body cleaner spray to remove any old grease on the door latch and door handle/Lock mechanisms. Use a light oil to lubricate everything. Break Free CLP gun oil is a Cleaner Lubricant Product and works great for door lock/latches.

If the whole mess is too rusty, stop by the junkyard and get a replacement.


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post #6 of 6 Old 03-12-2011, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks tim, found a can of carb cleaner in the garage and sprayed it out with that. After moving it with my hand a few times it would retract on its own and now my door is fix! thanks a bunch for your advice.
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