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SOURCE: after jump starting trunk latch,sunroof,door locks and map lights won't work

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Posted on Aug 07, 2012

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SOURCE: door won't latch

goto your local gm dealer and you can pick up the bolts. They usually have them in stock. You'll need a torx drive bit to tighten them. For temporary purposes, you can take 1 off of the other doors (asuming it's a 4 door), otherwise take 2 off of the passenger side. You can use a screw driver to in the latch part to hold it in place while you start the bolts. You may have to hold the handle up and manually release the latch when you are done so it'll close.

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

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SOURCE: rear door (lift) won't latch/lock. I am having to tie the door down so it won't open while driving. Any suggetsions on fow to fix it? Thanks

try to spray like WD40 to release.

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