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BACK DOOR HANDLE BROKEN.. HOW CAN I OPEN?..OR REPAIR?

HOW CAN I OPEN THE DOOR?..OR REPAIR?
2001 TOYOTA SEQUOIA LIMITED

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  • atsabbagh Feb 22, 2009

    i have the same problem with my back door handle, can i remove in door panel with door closed or how can i open door without a handle?

  • coyotexxiv Mar 16, 2009

    Yes I was able to get the back panel off with the door closed.

    Very much as expressed by juanpe29 in solution # 2.

    You have to be brave enough to pry hard & "pop" the panel loose.

    Thank you everyone who answered.

  • coyotexxiv Mar 16, 2009

    I have a feeling that the reason the handle breaks is from lifting the door with the handle, instead of putting a hand at the bottom of the door and lifting from there. The handle was not designed to take the force required to lift the door. Also, the gas pressurized lifts might not be as effective as when they were new & the resultant force required to lift the door becomes greater..either way use your free hand to lift the door & the handle will not break...Instruct spouses & other users accordingly or just keep replacing the handle.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    i lock them with the or with remote they will lock for 2 sec. and the they will pop open again

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I have had the same issue twice...My mechanic was able to open the hatch from the outside using an offset screwdriver. When the handle breaks you have a small opening that you can insert the offset screwdrive in...You can feel around and find the actual trigger that releasese the lock....You have to push down on it...and puff it will open..

The reason this happens is that the lock gets gummed up and rusts...It is a porr design...I make sure I lubricate at least once a month to enssure it does not get gummed up

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You can get acces by removing the rear door pannel off. You should star by the rubber at the glass and remove by pressure the pops buttoms that keeps it together with the metal frame. Then you will need to remove a black metal pannel that covers the windows mechanism. In my case I got a broken handle that is made in plastic. To fix it, what I did was to take the plastic cover that holds the door lock by removing couple of screws and few pop buttoms. The whole panel will be hanging on the cables, so be carefully. The handle is hold by 2 screws. IN my case, instead of buying a new one. I just drill a small hole and put a metal screw and problem solved. The screw hold is not visible since it is cover by the lock panel. To open the door from inside, follow the wire cable and pull the end to unlock the door and continue working. I hope this helps you.

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Just wondering if you were able to fix. i am pretty sure one can fix it yourself if you can get access by removing the interior panels (starting with the top, sides, and finally bottom - you can just pry them loose. they pop back into place). however, i havent tried to take them off with the door closed. is it possible to take the panels off with the door closed?

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