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Jamielouise

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:15 pm
Post subject: 2000 dodge ram 1500 quad cab rear door problem
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Hi everyone. My husband is having a problem opening the rear door on his
truck. The bottom latch will not disengage so the door will not open. He
removed the inside door panel, checked the rod that goes down to the lever
arm. everything looks ok but the door won't open.He says that he thinks its
something to do with the bottom latch mechanism which is mounted to the
under side of the door but sice he can't open the door he can't get to it.
he unbolted the screws that hold the latch mechanism to the underside of
the door but since the door will not open there is no way to remove the
screws completly.He previously had the same problm a few years ago when
the truck was still under warranty and the dealer fixed it. It is no
longer under warranty. Is there a way to open the rear door so that he can
get to the bottom latch mechanism thats is mounted to the underside of the
rear door to fix or replace it? thanks for your help.

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:15 pm
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"Jamielouise" wrote in message

> Hi everyone. My husband is having a problem opening the rear door on his
> truck. The bottom latch will not disengage so the door will not open.

I stole this post from the TDR, maybe it'll help.

There is a cable that connects the inside door handle to the door jamb
handle. I pulled the door jamb handle out by removing the two torx screws.
On the back of the door jamb handle you will see a bracket that the cable
attaches. The cable has a plastic sleeve on the end where the cable goes
into the bracket. On my truck the plastic sleeve broke causing slack in the
cable. I was able to unbolt the latch rods from the the handle and remove
the cable as well. I then drilled several small holes in each large end of
the plastic shield. Then I used small pieces of wire to tie the plastic
sleeve back together. I used a plastic wire tie to secure the cable back to
the handle bracket. I rebolted the latch rods to the handle and reinstalled.
Everything works. The only other alternative is remove the door panel and
replace the cable. Be careful you don't drop the latch rod bolt down the
door, and be careful you don't bend or damage the latch rods. Also watch the
spring on the handle. You may want to put tape around the handle to prevent
any scratches.

If that isn't it there was much discussion about penetrating oil, lots of
time to soak in and kicking the daylights out of the door from the inside or
beating it with a 10 pound dead blow hammer. I think I need to go out and
lube mine now before it sticks...

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Roy5

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:44 pm
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"Jamielouise" wrote in message

> Hi everyone. My husband is having a problem opening the rear door on his
> truck. The bottom latch will not disengage so the door will not open. He
> removed the inside door panel, checked the rod that goes down to the lever
> arm. everything looks ok but the door won't open.He says that he thinks
> its
> something to do with the bottom latch mechanism which is mounted to the
> under side of the door but sice he can't open the door he can't get to it.
> he unbolted the screws that hold the latch mechanism to the underside of
> the door but since the door will not open there is no way to remove the
> screws completly.He previously had the same problm a few years ago when
> the truck was still under warranty and the dealer fixed it. It is no
> longer under warranty. Is there a way to open the rear door so that he can
> get to the bottom latch mechanism thats is mounted to the underside of the
> rear door to fix or replace it? thanks for your help.

IIrc this topic has been discussed a couple of years ago. I don't have the
answer and if you don't get one you might try Google, it has to be there.

Roy
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Jamielouise

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:29 pm
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there is nothing the matter with the cable it works fine. The problem is in
the latch mechanism unit that is mounted to the underside of the door. the
claw (thats what i call it) won't disengage. The rod that goes down to the
lever arm and the lever arm itself all seem to be working properly. It
seems to be the latch mechanism unit which is mounted to the underside of
the rear door. He can't figure out how to open the door to get to
mechanism unit to repair or fix it. Any suggestions?
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Jamielouise

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(Msg. 5) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:33 pm
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o yeah lots of penetrating oil has been used and and he's tried to gently
(kick) it open.
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BigIronRam

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:33 pm
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"Jamielouise" <ljmcintyre482 DeleteThis @msn.com> wrote in message

>o yeah lots of penetrating oil has been used and and he's tried to gently
> (kick) it open.


Well that's not good, here's the other things they had to say about it:

>It's usally the lower latch that sticks, i have to lube mine all the time.
>I bought mine with both door stuck. Get a can of >penetrating oil with the
>plastic straw on it and spray it in from the end as close to the latch as
>you can. Let it soak and then >yank on the door. Good luck
>
>1/2 can of WD-40, 1 hour, and about 50 really hard kicks (my wife stood out
>side the truck holding the latch and tugging on >it while i was inside
>kicking it like a mule) and they came loose. luckily i never damaged the
>inside panal, but i was prepared >to. better keep them well lubed up for
>now on. thanks alot for the advice.
>
>Too Funny
>That's how i wanted to tell ya to open them but i didn't want to scare you
>away.
>
>There is an 8 mm bolt/nut that holds the actuating mechanism inside the
>quad door. When the door gets hard to open, that >needs Locktite and
>retightening. Be careful with the cable when you pull the door panel off,
>mine broke and I had to buy a >new cable.
>
>Remove the screws that hold the handle in the door jamb, then pull the
>handle and move it up and down to pull the rods a >little extra, if that
>doesnt work you can access the rods to the latches directly by removing the
>handle, then pull the rods with >vice grips.

Maybe Denny or Mike will have some better options for you. Good luck to
you.
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Jamielouise

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(Msg. 7) Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:42 pm
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Hi Roy I've been on google looking but can't find anything about the rear
door of a quad cab not opening. Ive also looked through a truck manual my
husband has. It discusses the front door. and since the lock mechanism is
mounted on the underside of the rear door it really doesn't help. I can't
find info about our rear door problem. I'll keep looking through google
though. If you find anything please let me know.Thanks for the info.
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