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My truck say door ajar and sliding steps on the passenger side remain out. The doors are closed but the slide will not go in and the alarm will not set.

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  • rcas1965 Mar 19, 2011

    Where is this latch


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Hello rcas.

There is a switch which is part of the latch mechanism that has stuck.
Because it is the right side step that has stuck it will be a right side switch issue.
Get some spray designed to free up rusted parts and spray it around inside the latch.
Open and close the door several times to work in the spray into the switch.
Spray some more and let it soak for a while.
After it frees up spray some light oil in the same area.
If it fails to loosen, the inner door panel will need to be removed to repair or replace the latch.

If you would like any more information on this problem, please ask me in a comment here.
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  • FUBAR Mar 19, 2011

    It is what holds the door closed by clamping over the pin.
    Halfway down at the rear of the door. Most of the workings of the latch are inside the door.
    The picture below you can see the three bolts that retain it and the external latch between them.
    Spray inside the best you can. A spray with an extended tip will work the best.

  • FUBAR Mar 19, 2011

    What is happening is the switch is sticking and not moving back with the latch lever on the inside.
    This makes the door ajar light come on and prevents the step from going back in.

  • alix montes Jul 11, 2013

    My passenger sliding step keeps going in and out on its own even when engine is turned off. In the middle of the night, in front of my office or wherever and whenever and it drains the battery. ???


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