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I broke the glass rear or hatchback window on my 99 Mitsubishi Montero Sport truck. Even after the glass shattered the panel still opened and closed for the few days before I took the truck to the glass-man. Then, suddenly, as he started to replace the glass, now the panel won't open. Turning the key does nothing. The glass man said sometimes even a tiny shard of glass can fall down inside and keep the panel from opening. I have tried poking around the lock from the inside with a coat hangar, but nothing works. Of course, I can take it to the dealer--but any cheaper suggestions? Thanks.

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  • Chris Steer May 07, 2010

    Thanks for the instructions, but have done that. The problem is that the metal interior lower door frame is not solid but has various "cut outs" here and there. On the positive side, one cut out allows me to see the key lock mechanism from inside, which has a long bar extending diagonally down to the door latch itself. On the negative side, there's no cut out over the bottom door latch but a solid metal plate fronting it. I can jimmy it around from the side with a coat hanger, but can't see it directly.

  • Chris Steer May 07, 2010

    A follow-up comment. It looks like to directly access the bottom door latch I could cut, with my jigsaw, about a 5 x 7 inch metal panel off directly in front of it. Question: would this damage the overall strength of the metal frame, or would the vibrations of the jigsaw shatter the glass (which I doubt)?

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If your unable to open the rear door you should just be able to remove the inner door liner from inside the truck, climb over the back seats. Once the inner door panel is removed (remove all hardware, handles and such) the panel should pull off. To do so grab the pavel at the outter edge and pull away. As you pull away feel for where the fasteners are and concentrate your force of pulling there, pop out each one, one at a time. After removing remove plastic film and look into the inner door, it is there you should find your problem.

I hope this may have assisted you,
Tom

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  • tberan1 May 08, 2010

    Yes, I would expect the cut-outs. Is it possible for you to grab hold (by hand, pliers or such) one of the bars within the door. My thought being by pulling or pushing directly in or out one of the bars you may then be able to open the lock. I'd hold off any cutting of the door, for concerns of damaging the glass and , for weakening the door itself.



    Please let me know,



    THanks,

    Tom

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