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Passenger door lock jammed

Hi, I can't get the front passenger door on my 97 Rav4 open - the key just won;t unlock it. We removed the cover on the inside handle and lubed everything - still no go. The driver door recently quit as week, but we managed to get it open. No luck with the passenger side. Any idea why the locks are suddenly acting up, how do we get the jammed door open, and how do we prevent recurrence of these problems?

Thanks,

Bruce

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  • hughes_janet Dec 10, 2008

    For the last couple years our 1997 Toyota RAV4 drivers door will not open during cold weather. We also have tried everything suggested by the dealer and a few repair shops but nothing has helped. The door will not open from the inside either. You have to wait several hours till, I guess it warms up or something, for it to work correctly.

    I wanted to find out how hard the door motor was to replace but I don't know if this will work. Any ideas! Help! Janet

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    How much are latches. my doors do this also in my 02 rav4

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    Passenger door won't open won't unlock

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Your door latch assembly may be compromised. It could be rusted, the electric solenoid (if it has one) may be seized. Or the rods from the key are bent. Are you using th key in this door regularly? If not, the tumblers in the lock may be seized. Spray some WD-40 in the lock where the key goes, and jam the key in & out repeatedly, and retry. Remove the door panel & spray the interior of the latch, also. Hope this works for you; or, you are going to need new latches.

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