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Actuator broke? how to get rear door open 1996 suburban

I submerged rear of truck(1996 suburban) in water and now my rear door will not open. actuator broke? how to get rear door open

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    Replace rear door actuator



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You will need to take the panel off from inside the door to get at the mechanism for the latch and lock.

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I recently answered this problem for someone else....If you can't find it here is what I found on my 1999 suburban .....The door lock actuator was bad, while i was replacing the actuator i noticed that the rod that goes from the keyed cylinder lock to the actuator was on enough of a bind that it was near impossible to lock and or unlock the door either with a key or the new actuator........the solution for me was to add a 3/4" spacer between the actuator mounting bracket and the door, also lubed the joints that were associated with the lock assy. hope this helps!

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