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Back door on my mitshibshi will not open 2002

I need to know how to get access to it.  I used the alarm to unlock it and the key and it still will not open.  HELP!

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  • Grace Mnichowski Dec 08, 2008

    I will check my fuses too.  But I got some good information from
    He send me photos on how to change the handle.  I went to the dealer and got the handle for $80.00.  When I try it I will let you know how it worked.   Grace



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  • barbie78 May 04, 2009

    The backdoor on my 2001 mitsubishi montero limited will not open. The handle will not move.

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    florvil Mar 18, 2014

    i want to buy your licence plate tag from you

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Here was my solution for a "frozen" back door of a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Limited

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Nothing can be done from the interior of the Montero. The license plate holder will need to be removed carefully using a screwdriver.
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There a re 4 tabs that need to pop out. All you need to do is pop them out. Do not force the plate holder to separate away too much from the door or the retainer (marked by red arrow) would break off. When you get the 4 tabs to pop out, slide the entire plate holder up to remove from the retainer. You do not need to detach the lamp wiring. Just move the pBack door on my mitshibshi will not open 2002 - 6fd7238.jpg to the right
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I used WD40 but I'm sure there are other better and longer lasting spray lubricant out there. Spray through the hole generously from alBack door on my mitshibshi will not open 2002 - 5b4c31c.jpggles. Let it sit for a while and then spray again some more.
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The white tab from the handle that goes in the hole normally is being pushed up by a spring activated rod that sits horizontally against it. That spring gets rusted over time.
You will need a stiff wireBack door on my mitshibshi will not open 2002 - 1158f99.jpg10" in length.  A wire hanger worked well for me. Bend approx. 1/2" of one end, just as pictured below.
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Put the hook though the hole and move the rod mentioned earlier up and down to loosen up it's spring. This rod is not easily visible. You basically just need to assume where it is after understanding the mechanics of the handle movement. It may take some time but be patient. You will see that you are getting somewhere when the handle starBack door on my mitshibshi will not open 2002 - 04c0cd0.jpgack down to its normal position. Keep working on it 'till it's totally back where it should be. And when it is, lubricate it some more.
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Heads up. There were many times that I thought I wasn't gonna be able to fix it and wanted to just put everything back and live with an inoperable back door. But I decided to stay with it and it paid up.
An extra step I did after I put the plate holder back was I put a light silicone sealant across the top to prevent rain/water from seeping in to the spring mechanism again. Good luck!
It would be nice to know if the time spent posting this information have helped anybody. Feel free to e-mail me and let me know!
Eddie jhedi@comcast.net

Posted on Dec 06, 2008

  • bandakwe Aug 01, 2011

    Took me a long time to find this help and although someone on another forum posted a correction or two (6 clips instead of 4, for example), I NEVER would have been able to fix my latch had it not been for the wonderful help and photos. I tried to email Eddie, but got back "undeliverable." Thanks anyhow, Eddie.

  • Frank Long Jul 21, 2013

    this is the seccond time for me. First time the door/gate was open when stop working. I took it apart from inside of door. This seccond time I did it your way. Much easier and alot faster. However the retainer (in red above) did break off. No problem, don't know why it was even there.

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The super easy way, just go to any auto store and buy Blaster twice as more powerful and 7 times faster than wd-40. Instead of taking the whole thing apart I just sprayed it about 4 times and within 5 minutes it lubricated the door handled and open went the door. Then I just sprayed the inside and cleaned off the excess liquid. A whole ten minute process.

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

  • rshryock Jul 30, 2011

    Yep. PB Blaster. $5 and some change. Fixed in about 45 seconds. WOW!! Thanks for the advice.

    Didn't have to take anything apart...

  • crystyle51 Dec 06, 2011

    Where exactly do you spray blaster w/o taking anything apart,just in under where handle is?? thanks

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This was the best advice for this problem. all that is required is a little patience. it helps to know how the lock mechanism works. the handle presses down on the lock. So push downwards. The rod is right under the white handle. keep pushing on it till you feel it give.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010

  • Almed68 Mar 11, 2016

    I had the same problem. I remove the panel inside and triggered the lock mechanism to open the door.

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I AM EXPERIENCING THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY MONTERO...THE "LATEST" ADVICE IS TO REPLACE ALL OF THE FUSES IN THE FUSE BOX WHICH IS RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE (compared to wiring/electrical costs if you bring it to a mechanic/dealer). KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED! P.S. I REALIZE HOW PATHETIC THIS ADVICE SOUNDS, HOWEVER, IT DID COME FROM AN ACE MECHANIC RELATIVE OF MINE. I'LL SEND A FOLLOW-UP.

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Before taking off the plate holder, just squirt some PB Blaster or WD40 into the mechanism/hole (lift the handle and blast up under the white handle.) Then lock and unlock a few times, try the handle, lock/unlock, bump the plate holder with your hand, lock/unlock, try the handle. It took mine 2 minutes to release just a bit and I could open the door. I then pulled and released the handle a few times to free it up completely and sprayed some anti-rust mist up into the hole to slow the rust in the mechanism.

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My back door dont work but do they open on the inside

Posted on Apr 02, 2010

  • crystyle51 Dec 06, 2011

    Not that i seen in the dark tonight, dont believe so! anyone have any of other common problems with this vehicle? brakes etc...? just purchased aand even though my vin is supposedly not included in accumulator"issue" believe it to be bad!

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