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2003 toyota sienna lift door knob broken. how to open the ldoor

My 2003 toyota sienna lift door open knob is broken. No idea how it happened but there is nothing inside of the van to open it. How to open the lift door. Thanks

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The handle that broke had a little 'finger' that actuated the release mechanism. The only way to open the back hatch is to remove the inner panel and push on the release mechanism.

Once off, you can either a) buy a replacement handle (expensive) or b) do what I did and simply make a piece of L-shaped metal to lever the release mechanism from the outside.

If your handle is completely off of the door you can look up under the little plastic cover (that hides the handle) and see the slot on the right side that the release handle inserts into. You need to stick the lever into that slot, and angle it down about 30 degrees from horizontal to get under the latch mechanism, which unlocks the hatch if you pry it upwards.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009

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