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Subfreezing weather. Slight difficulty opening the rear drivers side door. Now I cannot get rear driver side door closed. The exposed part of the latch on the door appears to be in the latched position. Anchor bar on frame hits this part of the locking mechanism. The latching fork is in vertical position and blocks the the bar from seating in the home position. The"fork" swivels when I gently turn it with needle nose pliers, but it is spring loaded and returns to the closed position. Have treated the door with de-icer and parked it in the sun. No help yet. Any suggestions for what I can do next.

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  • John Erdman Jan 19, 2013

    Thanks John. Your advice was right on target. I had tried to lift it earlier to no avail. Turned out that the door lock was partly frozen. After I freed that, then the door handle lift did the trick. But i hadn;t even consided was aprt of the solution. So thanks for your advice. I'm back to having a door that works as it's supposed to.

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Hi John, If the latching mechanism is in the locked position, does it open when either of the handles are pulled? If it is not opening you may need clean and service the linkages and the latching mechanism or replace the latch. The locking mechanism inside the latch is is an off center sort of horse shoe shape. If it is closed you will see a bar which will be in an almost vertical position, and it should release when either of the door handles is operated. If it is failing to lock, (which I am suspecting), the latch will be at an angle of about fifty degrees. If that is the case, using a Philips (star screw driver) push the latch back to find out if it is latching. If it does, use either of the handles to release it again. If it fails to hold in the closed position, the linkages from the release handles may be fouled, damaged or disconnected. If everything is correct in those areas, the latch may need replacement. Check that first, let me know how you get on and if we need to go further and carry out a replacement, which will mean removing the door panel, and the mechanism let me know so we can go through it together. Regards John

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  • John Erdman Jan 19, 2013

    Thanks John. Your advice was right on target. I had tried to lift it earlier to no avail. Turned out that the door lock was partly frozen. After I freed that, then the door handle lift did the trick. But i hadn;t even consided the handle was a part of the solution. So thanks for your advice. I'm back to having a door that works as it's supposed to.

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