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Both sliding doors on my Sienna van will not open. First one, then 10 minutes later the other. Acts like they are frozen shut, and it is cold and wet outside, but its not that cold. these are manual doors.

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The child lock might be in between it has happen to me i use a peace of wire to unlock it GOOD LUCK

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