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2005 toyota sienna le - back doors won't open in cold weather

I have a toyota sienna LE 2005. Mileage 38,000 miles. the doors work fine in warm weather! when the weather gets cold, however, neither back sliding door will open. the latch releases (i.e. the dash light turns on to show the seal has been broken- door open) Then I have to bump the door closed with my **** ;-) to close the seal.

Any thoughts? By the time I get to the dealer each time, the weather has warmed up and the doors open - UGH! Thanks!

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  • debbferr Jan 15, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2004 Toyota Sienna. My husband thought that maybe if snow was getting in to the mechanism and freezing, that would cause the problem. Guess what - there is no snow out there and they were frozen solid this am. I have figured out, however, that to shut the annoying beeping off in the event that you CAN'T get it to reclose with your hip is to just shut the "slide door off" button off. That stops the beeping. Then, all you have to deal with is the dash light showing there is a door open!

  • randi cohen Jan 28, 2009

    I may 'curse' myself by saying this, but I sprayed the entire door frame and sliders with WD40. That seems to be helping somewhat. When I took it to the dealer, the doors were frozen stuck. They got to see what I was talking about (It's still under warranty) so they brought it inside, got to it 20 minutes later and said "well, it's not stuck now so we can't say that it's broken!" So that's when I got out the WD40!

  • nick Feb 01, 2012

    I had the same problem with my 2005 Sienna , I found a bulletin from toyota that says to replace the gasket around the sliding door replaced apparently the gasket gets water filtration in there when its cold and freezes the door shut replaced mine has worked fine for over 3
    years now ...

  • nick Feb 01, 2012

    Replace the Gasket around the Sliding door that will fix it the wd 40 trick is temporary

  • randi cohen Feb 02, 2012

    Thanks for the gasket solution -- Too bad it's not under warranty now! I certainly will pass this on to the dealer for the next schmo who needs it! I still may have to use it myself!



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Iv had a few people come in with that complaint I clean inside of door and spray seal with good 100% silicone spray and spray latches with penetrating oil

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  • nick Mar 08, 2015

    You need to replace the entire gasket that will fix the problem happened to my 2005 sienna had gasket replaced I had no problems for 5 years now



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This may or may not work depending on exactly what is wrong with the door, I cant tell what is wrong without looking at it directly however:
You can try starting with all doors closed and unlocked, keys in hand disconnecting the battery and letting the vehicle sit for 2 min or so, then reconnect the battery. Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the on position but do not start the van. Next press the button to disable the power sliding door for the drivers side, then manually open the door fully, wait 5 seconds, then close it manually fully. Press button the button again to re-enable the power sliding door, then try to use it with the automatic feature either by pulling the handle or using your remote, this may or may not work depending on if the door has somehow become de-initialized (it should work now) however if something is broken inside the door closing mechanism or door closed/open sensors, the door will continue to malfunction.

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Just turn the switch off for the power door and should just be able to use it manually if the cable is not bound up.

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