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Why does the sliding back door always sticks and won't open in the winter?

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    When lubricating, always use white ski-doo grease. Won't freeze until -50.

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Grease will get hard like wax in the cold spray areas that are greased with carb or brake cleaner to remove the grease and relube those areas with a teflon or silicone type of lube spray

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The door is on a track with sliding wheels that go from front to back and back to front ---> you got you dirty wheels! Keep'em clean and lubricated - it'll slide like the night!

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Testimonial: "Just want to make sure I have this right. I'll have to let my car run for probably 20 minutes so it will open then clean the wheels that slide back and forth?"

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SOURCE: 2000 grand caravan sliding door won;t open

I would start by pulling the door panel off the inside. This will give you a look at the lock and handle mechanism to see what is amiss. Suspect a broken, fallen link that may now be lying in the bottom door channel and retrievable with magnetic pick-up tool. Get a good trim removal tool since a panel that large is easy to mar if you try pulling it with a screwdriver. Have a helper assist with the job and start by pulling the rear and middle seats if you can. To cheat on this, you may want to pull the panel on the opposite door to see how everything is supposed to look.

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SOURCE: 2006 dodge caravan sxt passenger door sliding door won't unlock or open at all, manually or by remote

U will have to take the inside door cover off and manualy open it. And replace the electric door locking switch. Very common problem. Get the new lock and latch assembly from dealer,

Posted on Jun 13, 2012

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