The back door was fozen shut the other day. I forced it a little too much and something snapped and the handle is stuck open and the door will not open. I need to get the door open and the back panel (inside) off to see what the problem is. Researching the internet indicates "take the Close Door Strap off on the inside" to begin with. I have a handle. Please help.
I had the same problem. I found solution on internet at following link: http://www.findonefindall.com/toyota-sienna/siennareardoor.htm
I purchased the back door latch from Toyota dealer for $68 + taxes and replaced according to the instruction given at the above link. It takes less than 30 minutes to replace it. Thanks to the nice people for sharing the knowledge. The dealer quoted over $300 for the same.
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I am not a mechanic/car guy and I was able to fix what appears to be the same problem about 6 months ago. It took about 3 hours but I was taking my time and had zero experience. I needed a flat head screw driver (for prying the covers off) a set of torx bits and a socket set. Sorry I can't remember the sizes but I'd say it's about $40 dollars in tools. Plus I used a can of wd40 for cleaning, a can of cable lube plus a small tube of dielectric grease to re-lube the door mechanism. Mine was caused the same way; seatbelt in door and door forced shut. I was able to get the seatbelt out of the frame though. If yours is wedged shut my fix won't be the same. This is not a trivial job but doing it myself saved me about $725 based on the dealer estimate to fix. The dealer said the latch mechanism and all cables needed to be replaced plus a few hours labour. In my case the mechanism that latches the door was stuck between full close and full open. I had to pull the door panel off from the inside and trace the cable to the latch mechanism and give it a tug for the latch to disengage. It did not make sense to have to do this because you would think the door handles would pull the cable enough but in my case the lube in the cable sleeve and on the latch mechanism had degraded enough that the spring in the latch mechanism couldn't move. This is the root cause of the problem. I have the LTZ trim so I'm not sure your handles are the same on the inside but I had to remove torx screws in the handle in the middle of door plus I had to pry the plug around the lock out and around the door latch/lock button. The door panel itself will pry off with a little finesse and brute force. Be sure to use more finesse than brute force. It is handy to have the window down and a friend spotting for you so you don't break any of the numerous clips or plugs. Once the panel is free you will have to disconnect the electrical harness and undo some of the sealant holding the insulation. There are also a few linkages between the handles and lock that you may need to disconnect to get your arm in there. If you made it this far and were able to open the door I'd say you are pretty handy so you may as well go the few steps further and remove the latch mechanism and clean it real good. There are two blots near the latch of the outside of the door that hold it in place. Mine had some minor corrosion and a ton of dirt. I removed the big stuff then put it in a small coffee can and went to town with the wd40. Take your time so the lube has time to penetrate. Once the latch is snapping back with little effort grease it up. and reinstall. Hope this helps ya out.
With a decent scrwdriver lightly pry on it and pull on the door handle. This will release the mechanism so you can pop it back into the open position. If you accidently shut the door with the door latch closed you may have to be forceful with it. I have had to do this before with cars that have sat for a while or had frozen in severe weather. Make sure the door is not locked while you are trying to get the latch unstuck.
Try this... it fixed my problem whereby the 2005 Toyota Sienna passenger sliding door would sometimes open and sometimes not, yet I could hear the motor trying to open/close it. It cost me 20 minutes and 10 drops of oil, not $1200.
First, get the door open. It took me two weeks of constant trying, but it finally opened.
Next, remove the plastic covering of the inside door handle this way: locate the two screws on the forward edge of the sliding door near the child-safety switch: (the switch is a small lever near the door latch, on the forward edge of the door) loosen and remove the two phillips screws, one above the child-safety latch, and one below.
Remove the plastic cover to expose the gears for the door open/close mechanism.
There's a bunch of intricate plastic and metal parts in there, all coated with white grease. I used some 3-n-1 oil to lubricate everything in there thoroughly, In my case, there was one part that was a little void of grease, hence it "stuck" occasionally.
Test the system. If it's Okay, replace the plastic cover, and re-install the screws.
Now my Toyota Sienna 2005 door never fails to open or close.
you will need to take the door card off of the door, peel back the plastic cover thats on the door, you will need to unscrew the actual door latch should be three screws from the outside, dont pull it out completely, but just lower it a little. you will need an extension and a 10mm socket, either use an extension or a screw bit extender to undo that nut then again with the one on the left. the handle should then push out and lift up from the outside of the car, reverse the steps to get it back in.
Don't cut the panel. You can pull the panel away from the door starting at the bottom. You will have to remove screws holding the arm rest and door handles off to remove the panel completely. The panel will snap back into place after you have repaired the linkage for the latch.
It sounds like the cable/bar in the door is broken or stuck
1. you will need to remove the door lining to get at the problem
2. could also be the door lock stuck in the lock position (does the door feel like it locks or unlocks when you use the lock)
3. could be the handle cable/ bar
NOTE some vehicles have cables while others have bars play with everything while you have the guts exposed this should help to locate the problem if nothing is moving while you play with the lock or handle this could be the problem
NOTE If nothing seems to be missing or out of place it could simply need to be lubed at the point where the door locks to the frame
It sounds like one of the door handles is not returning alowing the pawl to latch, Lubricate, the latch assembly, making sure you work the inner and outer door handles. Also roll the window all the way down, and look down through the slot to see if you can get some spray lube at the back side of the latch, if so lube again while working the handles. Spray the pivot pionts and sliders on the handles.
well to get the door open you have to get the panel off first remove the assist grip and the pull strap ure ganna need a 10mm socket then pry around the panel and pull it off carefully watch for clips that may have fall off there should be 11 clips once you get the panel off you shoul be able to open the door. GOOD LUCK!! hope thats usefull