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Rear door latch 1993 GMC Safari stuck

My rear door latch on a 1993 GMC Safari is stuck closed. How can I get it to open?

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Mine had the dual doors on the back. The passenger side would open but the drivers side refused. I went to a wrecking yard and took a close look at how these doors are constructed. I realized that if I was to use a box cutter or very sharp knife I could cut the carpet liner on the inside of the door on three sides only, thereby leaving the carpet as a flap to cover the access hole. In order to get the correct location to make the cut it would be best if you can go to a Pick n Pull or somethimg similar to take a look at some of these Safaris or Astros to figure out the l;ocation of the access hole before making the cut. Once the carpert is cut you can reach inside the door and access the actuator rods that control the catches. In My case the rods had become straightened out over time and were no longer pulling the latches to release them. I only had to bend the rods by hand slightly and it now works like it did on day one. If it ever gets stuck again I have a very simple access panel so that I can do the same thing again. If you are careful in making the cut you can close it up and it is hardly noticeable.

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If you stick a screw driver in the door latch and pull while pulling the door handle to open it should open the latch. Be sure to clean it up and re-grease the latch so it doesn't happen again.

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