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post #1 of 5 Old 09-18-2020, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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How to open rear door, exterior thumb knob stuck pressed in

Hey all. My 2012 JKU was getting squeaky/stiff door latch thumb knobs over the last month or so. Silicone spray from the outside didn't help much - was ok for a week, then stiff again. They'd open but then the exterior thumb knob in the handle wouldn't retract, then the door wouldn't close without a bunch of messing around. But today one rear door got stuck closed with the outside thumb knob stuck in the depressed position, and bashing it, yanking the interior open handle, and leaning on the door and going ham on it aren't getting me anywhere.

The video I watched on YT about removing the interior panel (with the regulator/motor etc) seems to say that's connected to the actual latch mechanism, which I can't remove because I can't get to the screws becase the door is stuck shut. The other door I was able to take the interior panel off, spray some lithium grease in a couple spots and it's running good again. But this othe door is foobar - any tips before I take a grinder to the little loop that the latch holds onto, and start doing real damage to it?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-20-2020, 06:06 PM
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Lol, yea i sold my doors off long ago on our 12. even if you did cut the loop of what you see, it latches on the other side of that loop. so that wont work. unless you can cut both sides of the loop. so it wont open from the inside nor Fob? The only way will be to get through the panel.

Jk have hinges that can come off. But its still latched. maybe jiggling might make it open, no hing<BUT you could bend the fecal matter out of it easy too doing this lot can go wrong. Murphy and Fubar are close friends.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-21-2020, 12:19 AM
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Try locking and unlocking it repeatedly. That might be enough to cause enough of a vibration or impact inside the mechanism to allow the regular latch to spring back like it should. I am just grasping at straws here.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-21-2020, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks 222Doc, your assessment is bang on. I found a few related threads and it seems like a sawzall is the better tool to get through both sides of the loop. Dealer will have a new striker plate loop in tomorrow, if I can't finesse it by then I'll just cut it.
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Prot, had a similar idea, was hoping some road vibration and cycles with the key fob would help but so far nothing.
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