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1999 Chevy Express Van Side Door will not open

I have a 1999 Chevy Express Van. The 2nd side door will not open - the one on the right (the first one you open) does open but the one on the left does not open.

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  • ma08 Feb 14, 2009

    The lever on the door unlatches and the door can open slightly but the (botton) hinge seems to be stuck. It seems that if I would force it that it may cause further problems.

  • FatAl4 Feb 17, 2009

    The first side door to open is very sticky. No amount of oil seems to help. I am told that the fix is to cut of the hinge and weld on a new hinge. Is that true? Why can't I take out the hinge pin?

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have the same problem , but I'm going to the junk yard to get new hinges . I know you need an impact driver to get old hinges off .

  • Tommy Walker May 11, 2010

    Does the inside handle flip out and just not do anything?

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    replace catch seal on side door of 2007 chevy express

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    pic of rear door latch

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You need to replace the handle itself. The inside of the handle where the metal cable fitting attaches causes too much strain on the plastic and the molded groove breaks. Ford has the same problem. I don't know why these car man. dont just go back to all metal exterior handles. If you have time you can probably fix it with epoxy and washers, but the fastest way is to get one aftermarket or from a junkyard. Hope this answers your question.
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Hinges are welded on . A body shop or DIY: Hinge pin
w/grease nipple. Is best long time solution.

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I have had the same problem for the past couple of years. I have been able to use 3 in 1 oil and keep working the door open and closed. Since it happend the first time I have continued to oil and work it in every 4-6 months so it doesn't get stuck again. You can also blow it out once it gets enough oil in it and you'll probably see a lot of rusty colored oil.

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