I went to close my hatchback on my 2002 dodge grand caravan earlier and it wouldnt latch, you could just pull it open, is there a recall on this problem? We just purchased the van a lil over a month ago... Does anyone know how much something like this cost to repair, the auto parts store say they dont sell these kind of parts it is only done through a dealership
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The rod from the handles to the lock mechanism could have come off or become bent to the point that it won't work the latch anymore. The prior problems were probably just symptoms of the problem you have now. Will have to take the door panel off and manually trip the latch.
These automatic side doors are extremely complicated and require a trained technician to repair wit the factory repair guides to go by, there are many adjustments to be made and sometimes that is all they need plus some cleaning and lubrication of the latch and moving parts. My best advice is let the dealer fix this.
Try putting a screwdriver in to act as catch on door frame & try pulling each handle & getting it to let go. Make sure you spray it, as well as behind it & around it with WD-40 or similar to get things loosened up in case their just partially seized. The keep working it with screwdriver until freed up.
MAKE SURE THE DOOR LATCH IS NOT IN THE LOCK POSITION OPEN DOOR PULL THE INSIDE LATCH TO THE POSITION WHERE YOU WOULD TO OPEN DOOR AND TAKE FINGER AND TRY TO MOVE THE LATCH TO ANOTHER POSITION , HOPEFULLY TO THE POSITION WHERE IT WILL RECEIVE THE STRIKER POST OR THE PART THE DOOR WOULD NORMALLY LATCH ON
ok, then the lock actuator is most likely seized, if you need instructions to repair, let me know, you have to get the part first, this will be a dealer item most likely. Then it's pretty simple. Remove the interior panel on the liftgate, you will see the latch and lock assembly, and a rod coming from it,the rod leads to the actuator. remove the rod, the retaining screws for the actuator, the electrical connector and then reverse for installation. Any issues let me know.
if you can opperate the latch use something to make sure the jaws are open should close then or try adjusting the latch or post the trouble with it opening in the first place may have been a miss adjusted latch this also may be why it wont close