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my daughter was trying to open the rear door before I put the truck in park, thereby disengaging the locks, and now the rear door handle is stuck in the open position and I cannot open the door from the inside or outside. The guy at the dealer wants $90 to take the door panel off even though he say he has never seen this before. Anyone have an idea ? I have tried pushing and pulling while activating the locks etc...
worst case is I need to get the rear panel off, any help there would be greatly appreciated.


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I'v had the same problem with my AC doors too, buy only when its really cold out. I noticed with mine that the spring loaded latch under the latch was not springing out, maybe urs is stuck? I attached a pic of what im talking about hope it helps.
 

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interestingly, the spring loaded portion is only half way out on that door. I didn't notice it until I compared it to the other side. It has been cold here in North Idaho, so there may be hope for me yet by taking apart the latch only. I looked at the door panel and could find no screws except 2 in handle well and latch well. Other than that, it must be held on by plastic tabs, which I am not going to try and pry on until it warms up a bit.

Thanks for the help!
 

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Had same thing happen during a snowboard trip a few weeks back. The latches seemed frozen, then finally gave way and were stuck open and the ac door wouldn't close securely- I pulled the top of the door panel open, (it was a plastic tab near the top corner) and reached a few fingers in to move the latch cable- then the door closed and held... repeated this many times during the trip, and haven't had any issues since temps warmed up. My guess was the cable lubricant thickens, and won't let latch close.
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It is very easy to fix:

Loosen the handle as described above, then open the door, unscrew the two screws ( in handle and arm rest), Now simply pull the whole panel out.

Lubricate the door handle mechanism with lithium spray or whatever you have, put panel back on, do the other door and it should never happen again.
 
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