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Pathfinder 96. The back door is stuck locked. Took the panel off and lubricated the whole system inside. Didn't do it. I need to figure out how the locking system works. Can I get a drawing on how it works - seems like something might be bend out of shape in there.

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  • TONY LAVICTOIRE Apr 03, 2011

    I did all that already and the handle is moving so the rod is free. What then?

  • TONY LAVICTOIRE Apr 05, 2011

    Thanks!

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If you remove the hardware holding the panel on, then lift it up and off the top lip; there is a rod in there that leads to the outside door handle. It gets stuck (rusted) in the down position, free the rod by moving it, then you can open the door. Lube the whole thing and it should work.

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1. You need to remove the door panel. which can be done with the door closed. 2. Remove the hardware holding the panel on. then lift it up and off the top lip. there is a rod in there that leads to the outside door handle. it gets stuck (rusted) in the down position. 3. Free the rod by moving it. then you can open the door. 4. Lube the whole thing and it should work. Thank you for uisng Fixya!

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