Our Rodeo 2000 model has a problem with the two front doors..
When you open and close the two front doors....the latch that keeps the door from opening too far cracks and pops....we have used WD 40 and some more lubrications to the door and it will not stop....the back door are fine...but it is very annoying....do you have any suggestions???
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Check the latch assembly where the door closes. If the latch claw is closed it won't latch. Make sure the door is unlocked. Insert a screwdriver into the middle of the claw (circular opening where the striker latches). Open the door handle from inside or outside and pull sideways on the latch it should pop open. If it doesn't then the lock mechanism is in the lock position. Remove door panel follow lock rod to the latch and manually try to move the lever to the unlock position. If all fails you probably will need a new latch assembly.
If the latch is in the closed position, simply use a screwdriver to pry as if the door was being opened at the same time as you pull on the handle to open it. This will return the latching part to its proper position and you can then close the door. If the latch is already open and won't close when you shut the door, the quickest way to get it closed is to heat the latch with a blowtorch. Don't get close enough to the door that you scorch and burn the paint but heat the area arond the latch for about 30 seconds or so and the door should latch. You could also do this with a hair dryer or heat gun but it will take longer. Open and close it a few times quickly and it should work properly for a while. To keep it from happening again, once you have it working freely then spray into the latch with some WD-40 or RustCheck. Don't be shy with the spray and get it right into the latch through the door. If it keeps being a problem then before you spray it with a lubricant use a small can of lock de-icer once you have the door working. After that put the lubricant in. Hope this helps.
use a large screwdriver,tire iron or a wooden spoon[?] inserted into the 'hole'between the latch levers,where the post should be.lift door latch as if to open door,pull/pry latch 'ears' open.if they don't stay in place when opened fully,latch may be broken.
Any possibilities of coats, clothing brushing against dooor and INADVERTANTLY latching them closed ? OK heres how to open the latch. Make sure door lock is in the UNLOCK position. With one hand , lift and HOLD up, OUTSIDE door handle, while taking your pointer finger and flipping open the latch on the side of the door. VOILA Hope this helps
try spraying it w/ wd-40 or graphite, work the lock back and forth w/ your finger or a screwdriver. it also could be that its in the locked position now, w/ door open pull handle and see if latch moves/ opens. if it does close door. if this doesnt work go to local junk yard and pick latch up for 50.00 bucks. hope this helps