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I have had this issue twice on my '98 Pathfinder. The hinge inside the exterior door latch rusts over time and sticks. As suggested in some other answers, the BEST way to get it open is as follows: Pull the latch open and spray WD-40 into the handle openings using the spray tube that came with the WD-40. You may need to repeat this. Note, when I use the word 'latch', I'm talking about the part you pull to open the door, not the lock, which is a separate part inside the door connected to the latch by a metal rod.

There are many ways to then hit the latch to jar the stuck hinge loose. To prevent damage, I folded up an old dish towel, placed it over the latch, and pounded it with medium force with a rubber mallet. It may take just a few hits, or it could take literally hundreds. Initially, the exterior latch will flop loosely. You can see if you're making progress by checking the latch periodically. It will gradually start to break loose and this will be reflected in restored tension in the previously floppy latch. The longer you hit, the tension will eventually be felt through the whole range of motion in the latch. Once full tension is restored, it will open the door.

The first time I did this repair, I simply considered it fixed and stopped working on it. Big mistake, because the locks stuck again in just a couple months and took a lot more work to get open the second time. These latches are cheap and easy to replace (check rockauto.com or other sites - I got my new latches for $12 each).

You must be VERY careful when changing them, otherwise you'll be opening up the door, which isn't necessary if you do it right. To change the latch - remove the two grommets from the door jamb at the latch. Use a 10mm nutdriver to remove the two nuts holding the latch. Care must be taken not to drop the nuts inside the door, but the nuts are angled slightly upward, so gravity is on your side.

Next, CAREFULLY pull the latch out of the door the minimum amount necessary to clear the opening and expose the latch rod that runs from the latch to the lock. IMPORTANT: Before removing the rod from the latch, get a pair of small locking pliers (long hemostat or needle nose vise grips) and attach it to the rod about 1/2" below the latch to hold it in place. This is necessary because once you remove the two nuts holding the latch to the door and the nylon grommet that attaches the rod to the latch, the only thing holding the rod in place is gravity. If you lift the rod more than about 1" while doing this work, it will disengage from the lock inside the door. I learned this the hard way on my first door and actually dropped the rod to the very bottom inside the door. Once the rod is secured with pliers, remove the rod from the nylon retainer clip on the latch and pull the latch free from the door. Installation of the new latch is the opposite procedure.

The second door was a breeze to fix since I didn't have to remove the door panel to retrieve the rod - the whole replacement took less than 10 minutes.

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The van was hit on the back passenger side resulting in a dent . The open door light along with the interior lights flashed when I hit a bump. I hear something that sounds like a fan continuosly blowing....


I think this may be the "closer" motor continuously trying to gain a positive latch--and unable to do so. This could be from a damaged latch switch.

The sliding door has three motors, a slide motor, a release (or unlatch) motor, and a closer (or latching) motor. The open door light and interior lights coming on seem to indicate that the "closed and latched" switch is sometimes open-- allowing the closer motor to continue to operate.

Another possibility is that the dent has changed the geometry of the door mechanism especially the draw of the pull cable. The slide motor has a sensor that pulses when it runs. The door management controller counts the number of pulses of the slide motor sensor to determine when the door is fully closed and then stops the slide motor. At that point, the closer motor operates to latch the door. If the cable geometry has changed, the door controller may be shutting off the slide motor prematurely and the closer motor cannot complete the latch.

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well it could be the latch or the latch peg on the door frame is missplaced i had the same problem with my 1991 dodge d100 i took the doors off my '75 dodge and the pegs where too small so i changed them and it wouldent latch because they where too far back so i moved them up and it latches now

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My 1987 Dodge Ramcharger, 318 Auto, 2wd has a rear door issue. It won't shut and latch properly the owner before me installed additional locks on either side to secure the door but they are ugly. Any way...


take a look at the latches, make sure they are grease good and all working,sometimes one of the latches freezes up, so the door is not completely latched,also you can adjust the striker to lock tighter,this is located on the body, at the top and bottom of the left side door,take a look and see if all latches are latching, use a screw driver to push them locked and see if latec will stay latched in the lock postion. good luck.

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Trying to remove door latch on 1995 thunderbird. Car has power locks.


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Section 01-14A: Handles, Locks, Latches and Mechanisms 1995 Thunderbird, Cougar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Latch, Door Removal and Installation
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield from front door (20124). Refer to Section 01-05 .
  1. Mark the location of the bolt retaining front door glass run front retainer (21572). Remove the bolt.
  1. Check all rod connections against the appropriate illustration. Correct any disconnected or loose connections and check operation before replacing parts.
  1. Remove power door lock actuator (218A42).
  1. Disconnect the rods from the front door latch (21812) . The front door latch remote control link (21940) and the latch-to-lock cylinder rod cannot be removed because of the rod's end configuration. Remove wiring from clip on front door latch shield.
  1. Remove front door latch control cylinder rod (22134) from the door lock cylinder (21985).
  1. Remove front door latch remote control and link (21818).
  1. Remove the front door latch retaining screws. Disconnect the door open warning lamp switch (14018) , if so equipped. Remove the front door latch from the front door .
  1. NOTE: Do not damage anti-theft shield.
    Remove anti-theft shield from the front door latch .
  1. Remove front door latch remote control link , front door latch control cylinder rods , and door open warning lamp switches from front door latch , where applicable.
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure. Tighten front door latch retaining screws 4-8 Nm (36-70 lb-in).
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Item Part Number Description 1 21852 Front Door Latch Push Button Rod 2 21940 Front Door Latch Remote Control Link 3 386656-S Bushing 4 21978 Door Latch Shield 5 218A42 Power Door Lock Actuator 6 22134 Front Door Latch Control Cylinder Rod 7 21812 Front Door Latch
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Remote Control Assembly Door Latch
Removal and Installation
  1. Remove front door trim panel (23942) and watershield. Refer to Section 01-05 .
  1. Remove screw and washer assembly retaining front door latch remote control and link (21818) to front door (20124) .
  1. Rotate front door latch remote control and link to remove from front door latch remote control link (21940) .
  1. To install, reverse Removal procedure.

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