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Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby Ihaveclout [OP] » July 20th 2020, 2:19pm

I have to pull in the inside handle to be able to move the latch down so it can close all the way but it won’t stay closed meaning I have to drive while holding the driver side door open cause it will open while I’m driving. Does anyone one how to fix this I’m thinking it can be a broken latch but it’s hard to see in there???
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby augidog » July 21st 2020, 10:24pm

outside handle (half) broken, and the rod's wonky & not traveling right?

my new handle's hinge is drilled off center, bad QC, and it barely pulls enough to release the latch. it slightly snags before it lets go. after that, it rotates and latches fine, so I figure that edge will wear down soon enough.
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby sixsix » July 22nd 2020, 2:54am

augidog wrote:outside handle (half) broken, and the rod's wonky & not traveling right?

my new handle's hinge is drilled off center, bad QC, and it barely pulls enough to release the latch. it slightly snags before it lets go. after that, it rotates and latches fine, so I figure that edge will wear down soon enough.


What ...?

To the OP - it sounds like you need to take the inner or lower panel off the hatch and check the latch mech on each side.
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “It is only a matter of time before armed citizens, waiting or not for the police, take things into their own hands, fire on the rioters for personal and property prot. & end up hunted like dogs.”

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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby augidog » July 22nd 2020, 3:27am

sixsix wrote:
augidog wrote:outside handle (half) broken, and the rod's wonky & not traveling right?
What ...?
you've misread the OP, that's what.
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby Rod's Trucks » July 22nd 2020, 3:43am

Sixsix,
I have to agree with Augidog's comment.
I read it that the OP was concerned with a driver door ( something like "..having to hold it shut while driving..." does not sound like a rear hatch to me. :2:
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby augidog » July 22nd 2020, 4:05am

and before we have any MORE misunderstandings...Rod, I wasn't calling YOU "wonky" :rofl:

(I mean, I dunno, you might be, but I don't judge)
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby sixsix » July 22nd 2020, 3:27pm

First off, I forgot ... Welcome Ihaveclout from all of us here in Ky.
We have Clout also. I think it's in Campbell Co - across from New Richmond. LOL


sixsix wrote:
augidog wrote:outside handle (half) broken, and the rod's wonky & not traveling right?

my new handle's hinge is drilled off center, bad QC, and it barely pulls enough to release the latch. it slightly snags before it lets go. after that, it rotates and latches fine, so I figure that edge will wear down soon enough.


What ...?

To the OP - it sounds like you need to take the inner or lower panel off the hatch and check the latch mech on each side.
Clean and Lube - R and R.


Yes, Members, I misread the post. Latch, Hatch... oh well, something's amiss - and there is a problem w/ the driver's door LATCH mechanism.

They are not an easy thing to remove, change or clean.
When I rebuilt our Driver's Door - the LATCH was the last thing I removed.
Could it simply be a matter of pulling the handle and 'prying' out on the "LATCH Catch" ( not sure of the Tech. Term ).
If need be I can post a pic...
I am also not sure if these LATCHES are still available other than a JY.

Other than the Gen I Dash Climate Control Module - The Door LATCH has to be the most complicated Mechanical device on these Vans. Ours was filthy, sluggish, embarrassed and most of all, confusing w/o seeing what/how the rods and components interact.

Here's to Hoping Everyone Feels Better - :cheers:


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augidog wrote:outside handle (half) broken, and the rod's wonky & not traveling right?
augidog wrote:and before we have any MORE misunderstandings...Rod, I wasn't calling YOU "wonky" :rofl:

(I mean, I dunno, you might be, but I don't judge)

:eek: :shock: :eek:
Really?... augi, that's a riot - great thread!

Should this be slid over to The Exterior sub-forum ? No biggee tho' for the New Member.
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “It is only a matter of time before armed citizens, waiting or not for the police, take things into their own hands, fire on the rioters for personal and property prot. & end up hunted like dogs.”

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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby augidog » July 22nd 2020, 4:16pm

full disclosure...sixsix, I had misread YOUR post, and for a moment I took issue with it. I had to re-read it to realize you'd misread the OP, and I so re-wrote my response in a big hurry. I even threw in a turtle for comedy relief. I don't know what's your thing with turtles, but I don't judge.

the OP wasn't exactly clear and concise (you know how I feel about that) and one sentence made it even more difficult to get a grasp. I had to do a double take before being sure I wanted to guess. a bad outside handle (or other wonky linkage) could result in the symptoms as described, maybe nothing wrong with the latch itself, but I used a question mark just in case. as the owner of a '95 I use a LOT of question marks.

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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby Rod's Trucks » July 22nd 2020, 4:25pm

I've probably been 'wonky' at one time or maybe even many, but it does not bother me.
I've been known to misinterpret the writings of others many times, and I am VERY sure I will do it again, so 'BTDT' applies.
No harm done.
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby bradaskins » July 22nd 2020, 4:39pm

I'm so confused by this whole thread.
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby augidog » July 22nd 2020, 4:50pm

bradaskins wrote:I'm so confused by this whole thread.
well then, it looks like our plan worked :rolling:
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

Postby sixsix » July 22nd 2020, 9:11pm

Turtles ?
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Re: Chevy Astro door latch won’t stay closed

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