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Door Stuck Shut

The door of my 2001 GMC Sierra z71 is stuck closed. I can hear the latch mechanism move slightly when the inside or outside handles are used, but not in any functional capacity. Two local mechanics have been unable to even diagnose what the problem might be, and the authorized dealership where the truck was purchased is out of business. Any ideas?

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Not good,try to pull off the door panel a little enough to get your hand in there to reach the latch itself ,and is the lock hooked up?maybe its not unlocking first

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Our GMC has a similar problem. Door panel was taken off and discovered the inside handle was cracked at the base and not engaging. Taking it off proved to be a bear, the tabs on the decorative ring broke and we still have not located a replacement handle or ring...good luck.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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