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Toyota 2000 Sienna Hatchback latch broke

I am unable to open the back hatch on the Toyota because the exterior plastic latch handle broke. I don't believe there is a lever inside that pops it open. I want to open it if possible, and then I want to get the part, and fix the outside handle so my wife can use the hatch again.

I am not sure how easy this is to do for a thoughtful newbie. I replaced the shower fixtures inside the house recently and that wasn't too bad, but I may be over my head on this auto fix. Any feedback would be great. Thanks.

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    linuxford Nov 27, 2008

    I'm not sure how to edit my post to supply clarification. So I will post a comment here.

    Cool... thanks for the info. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to open the hatch, but I will try fixing from within the vehicle first. Thanks for all the info, its hard not to break those clips. I am going to try and fix this, this weekend. Let you know how it comes out. Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    2000 Toyota Sienna hatchback latch broke - door won't open. Can't find a safety from within.

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2009

    I had the same problem, plastic do get brittle during the cold season,an illustration on the manual on replacing the rear bulbs shows how to dismantle the back trim. pretty easy after that, all parts are neatly shown, just unscrew the latch assembly to separate the plastic door latch, I used loctite to place the piece together & reinforced it with epoxy @ 1/8" thk, it does'nt show anyway so be generous.

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    There is no other way to open the hatch from the exterior, you have to remove the inner hatch trim panel to access the latch mechanism.

    From inside the vehicle, remove the pull handle, if it has one.

    Starting at the bottom, pull inward (towards the front seats) to release the plastic clips that holds the panel to the body. Once the panel bottom and sides are loose, pull the panel up towards to release the clamp at the meeting point between the glass and the panel. After the panel is removed, pull on the wire or the pivot that leads to the latch. Not "easy", but not too difficult. It is best to do this when the vehicle is warm. If the vehicle is sitting out in the cold, expect the plastic trim panel clips to break. Try it, and let me know how you make out.

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    linuxford Jan 19, 2014

    I was able to fix it, and save a bundle of money. I ordered a part off of for under $50. It is a bit tricky, so you need to go very carefully, and methodically. If you need to, take some pictures and notes, but if you are a handyman, even this will be un-necessary.



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