rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door closing

rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door closing

Postby tinworm [OP] » November 4th 2010, 2:45am

have an issue on a 1994 astro van. The van is something I just bought, so I am trying to get it to a position where it can be moved, but currently the sliding door does not close at all. The door latch on the rear part of the door is closed in the lock position, and nothing seems to get it undone.

Is there a way or trick to pry this latch open so I can close the door? what could be broken to have it jammed in this position?
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Re: rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door clos

Postby 'cudapaul » November 4th 2010, 4:18am

Real simple, if it is as you describe.

Put a round rod or other object (think screwdriver) into the hole in the door latch where the latch finger goes into the assembly. While holding the door, have some one pull on the exterior handle, like they were opening the door (make sure that the door is unlocked). At the same time, pull the round rod, while still in the latch hole, towards the inside of the van. That should open the latch assembly so that when the door is closed it can latch on the striker.

The problem is that the latch mechanism gets dirty and the finger somehows gets closed as the door is being opened. When you go to close the door, since the finger is already closed, the latch won't accept the strike pin. You just need to reopen the latch mechanism.
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Re: rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door clos

Postby RECox286 » November 4th 2010, 4:28am

If the handle won't unlock the latch, then either the rod from the handle to the latch has come undone, or the handle or latch is broken. That would seem to be the only ailments that would cause the latch to not work.

The only way to find out is to dissassemble the interior trim of the door. It's not all that difficult, but take your time, because you do not want to break any of the attaching pieces. New push fasteners and other various pieces of hardware are available in the HELP section at most auto parts stores, especially the larger discount chains like Pep Boys, Advance, Auto Zone, Napa, etc.

If you don't have a small selection of body trim removal tools, it would probably be a good idea to treat yourself and get a few at this time. You will have a use for such tools in the future if you plan on keeping your truck for the long haul.

Good luck

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Re: rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door clos

Postby tinworm [OP] » November 4th 2010, 2:15pm

thanks for the replies, I am going to try and figure it out on friday or so and will post back
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Re: rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door clos

Postby toddb » November 4th 2010, 6:46pm

Umm, I think he means that the door is locked open. If that is your problem there is a catch on the bottom back, usually you can push it in with your finger - you might have to push the door more open as it binds if there is any forward pressure on it at all. I hope that makes sense.
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Re: rear of sliding door is locked and prevent the door clos

Postby tex star detail » December 2nd 2010, 3:54am

And was the problem solved?????????????????????????????
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