Question about Dodge Cars & Trucks
I have a 2000 dodge grand caravan se (rampvan). My driver side sliding door (manual) will not open. I have removed the door panel and found the opening and locking mechanism looks to be in working order. when depressing the interior button on the handle to open the mechanism moves the bar that goes back to the latch. When pulling on the exterior handle the same bar moves. upon depressing or raising the lock the mechanism seems to work appropriately, by not allowing the levers for the opening bar to pull back fully. However the latch still does not disengage. I have tried everything I can think of the manually release the latch but to no avail. How can I manually release the door latch with the door stuck closed?
I'd be surprised if there's a child lock on a Dodge van. Have you checked the track wheels are in good shape? Often due to usage they flaten and render the door closed. I'm guessing there's something allows functionality once the doors start moving. I had a green Goddess with a similar door sliding function. You can get to the wheels on the bottom of the door by lifting the door upwards a free mm then push the bottom of the door outward
The wheels will slide down/out of the bottom of the door with little effort. You can then hammer the metal wheel's back into shape. Replace by reversing the method of removal and fingers crossed (optional) your door is fixed. Also clean them with diesel and grease them up for good measure. Good luck.
Posted on Jun 13, 2019
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
These can be a job releasing... I worked on one about a month ago with the same problem. could not get it to release so i spray it good with WD40 and let it set awhile and still had to get my hand in there to release it......Might try this and hope this helps....when you do get it opened be sure to clean on oil it good for this is the most common cvause of it sticking....good luck and please rate this post.
Posted on Aug 15, 2012
pull the door panel off and inspect the door latch. Sounds like you jammed or bent part of it out of place. If the handles are very loose, check and see it the door latch arm popped out of place
Posted on Nov 10, 2013
I had the same problem on my '98 V70 - my rear liftgate would not open. The "rear lift door open light" was on. I guess it was some kind of electronic problem in the locking mechanism. But it could have been something else like the metal bar that extends from the outside handle down to the mechanism had slipped off (unusual design seems like it should be connected instead of just sitting on a plastic latch handle) or maybe it was bent because this car had been hit in the rear as I found out looking around in there. Anyway, I took off the interior panel and inside handle. There was a large torx bolt that had to be removed if I was going to replace the mechanism. I later found out that there were two more once I got the gate open. I took a photo of the way everything was connected so I would have a record just in case I needed it. I bought a new lock mechanism. There is a thin piece of plastic down near the bottom on the mechanism that somewhat blocks a screwdriver or other tool from reaching in and opening the door that way. So I had to start removing things. I disconnected the power first. I removed the two screws I could reach which let the part that was connected to the connector be removed out of the way. I removed the metal bars that went from the outside door handle and the lock down to the mechanism. I still couldn't reach where I needed to. So since I had the part I began to slowly break away pieces from the mechanism. They are plastic so they broke off without much trouble but it did take a little work. Finally I reached down to the thin plastic part I referred to earlier that covers the part that unlocks your liftgate and pulled it enough off of it to get access to the release. One last try with a screwdriver let me push the actual release and the door opened! There was much rejoicing. Then I removed the old and replaced with the new. Reconnected everything checked and rechecked. It's working so far. That's how I did it.
Posted on Jun 14, 2009
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