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Safari rear door latch broken

How do you replace a broken latch or even open the door? There is no inside latch

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It could be that the rod has come detached from the latch mechanism itself. I had this problem on my 94 Safari. I had to remove the panel for the hatch portion (I have the dutch doors) and release the door manually (Terrible design not having an easily accessed internal release!). Once you have the door open, you can reconnect the rod into the original socket. I recommend using some safety wire through some existing holes to pull the rod tightly into the socket, but not so tight that the rod will not move. another option is to use a clip like this one that fits around the rod and linkpoint. Either of these will keep the rod firmly in place.
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Posted on Oct 08, 2014

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SOURCE: rear door handle broke door is closed and i need to open it

other than drilling out the two studs on the handle ,the only way is to remove the inner door panel and open it from inside the door.You can see the actuator once the panel is removed

Posted on May 30, 2009

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I have been dealing with the same problem and I'm a little further than you are. You need two people to do this job. Open the front door and it will give you access to the hinge pin. If I remember correctly you can pop off the snap rings and pull the pins. This will allow you to open the door just enough to get the interior panel off the door to allow you access to the actuator. Unfortunately, both my rear door actuators have been done twice in the last 5 weeks, But they are seized in the locked position again. I,m pretty sure its not just the actuators that are bad. Something else is causing this and that is why I'm here. Good luck with that one.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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SOURCE: the door handle on my gmc safari has a broken door handle

You more than likely will have to remove the interior panel on the door which will be fun and take some time. Once you have it removed you should be able to manually operate the linkage and get it opened. I would be ready to locate a new panel just in case you break the original one, but they usually have some give to them if you take it slow. You might try removing the speaker also if you have one in the back door. It might give you enough room to use a stiff wire with a hook bent in it to operate the linkage.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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SOURCE: latch on rear door(right) broken,cannot open door 1994 gmc safari

For my 2003 Safari, there were two screws in the trim panel at the bottom of the door that can be removed when it is closed.

Metal clips were used to fasten the trim to the door, I was able to carefully pry the trim away from the door .... there were 4 or 5 metal clips on the side pillar and maybe three on the top.

One of the clips was at about the bottom of the window, the hole in the door that the clip fits in is big enough to get a screwdriver into. With a screwdriver, I was able to push the bar down which opened the door. If you have problems: (1) Make sure it is unlocked. (2) make sure to push lightly on the door to open it (it will not open on it's own).

Posted on Feb 21, 2010

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SOURCE: rear door latch 1993 GMC Safari stuck

Mine had the dual doors on the back. The passenger side would open but the drivers side refused. I went to a wrecking yard and took a close look at how these doors are constructed. I realized that if I was to use a box cutter or very sharp knife I could cut the carpet liner on the inside of the door on three sides only, thereby leaving the carpet as a flap to cover the access hole. In order to get the correct location to make the cut it would be best if you can go to a Pick n Pull or somethimg similar to take a look at some of these Safaris or Astros to figure out the l;ocation of the access hole before making the cut. Once the carpert is cut you can reach inside the door and access the actuator rods that control the catches. In My case the rods had become straightened out over time and were no longer pulling the latches to release them. I only had to bend the rods by hand slightly and it now works like it did on day one. If it ever gets stuck again I have a very simple access panel so that I can do the same thing again. If you are careful in making the cut you can close it up and it is hardly noticeable.

Posted on Aug 09, 2010

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