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The latch/lock on back door of Mitsubishi Montero SR doesn't work

The latch/lock on the back door of my 1994 Mitsubishi Montero SR doesn't work. How do I get to the mechanism to repair or replace it? rear door latch, just "giggles" something popped when it was freezing outside this winter, I heard it...can't seem to find a rear door latch to purchase...can open from the inside if you want to crawl back there every time...

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  • tiptoe846 May 11, 2010

    Unfortunately we don't have your model car in our Country but vehicle handles are pretty basic. I tried to add a pic here but can't. So I suggest you take a look on ebay & view a handle, all there is are plastic clips & metal rods.. 1 end of the clip is like a horse shoe shape & folds over the metal rode attached to the lever that opens & closes the door or the other (same lay out) locks & unlocks the door. As mentioned find a rear view & you'll get the idea. Good luck

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Open the rear tailgate from the inside. Now open the door to the toolkit that is usually mounted on the tailgate/rear door. Using a large Phillips screw driver[usually a #3 tip], take the tool kit off the door panel by unscrewing/removing the screws holding it to the door itself. Once you have removed the tool kit, use a knife to carefully cut a "U" shaped access flap in the clear plastic sheet that should have been behind your tool kit. This sheet is called a water shedder or water curtain, it keeps water off the back of any door panel trim to prolong its life. You want to cut that U shaped hole in the sheet where the door sheet metal already has a hole from the factory. This will allow you to peek up inside your door and see how much of the rear door handle broke on you.
You should be able to easily see the guts of the rear latch and the release handle from this vantage point. Try to move the handle on the outside of the door. If any linkage or plastic 'arms' broken during your winter, you'll probably see this as well. Hopefully new parts are available, otherwise, you'll need to access a used Montero in a salvage yard to get good working parts as a repair. While you're in the door, lube ALL latch, cable, handle parts with a light oil to help prevent this from happen[the oil or a light grease will help displace any future water or ice from sticking to any latch parts]
You can easily tape the U shaped cover you made of the plastic sheeting back up into place with some decent tape, like Duct tape or packing tape. Masking Tape will work, but falls apart in a car with age. Clear plastic Packing tape works well and is transparent to boot. Good Luck with the door.

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