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Door handle is loose

The handle on the back passenger door and the drivers door does not work some of the time. it takes several attempts of pulling the handle before it opens.

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I would reccommend sprying the latches that are mounted on the door itself. When the latches become dry they sometimes do not release. This should be done ever so often. Also the back doors may have child safety locks on them. If they do they will have a switch close to the latch assembly on the door that can be turned on or off. If this is on then the door will not open from the inside. Hope this helped you out, Roger

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