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Old 01-25-2017, 06:09 PM
Ebyson73 Ebyson73 is offline
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Default Driver's Side Door Latch Sticking

The driver's side door latch seems to be sticking or not unlatching completely, but only when opening the door from outside. The inside handle seems to open it fine. When I try to open it from the outside I have to pull fairly hard and I do not hear it unlatch like normal. It will open but it is a bit harder than normal and I hear it kind of "pop" like the latch is sticking somewhat and it is catching the post, not enough to stay closed, but enough to make a sound when I pull it open. If that makes sense. When I open it from the inside, I can hear it unlatch fully and the door opens like normal. I pulled the door panel off and tried taking the door handle and mechanism out to see if there is anything obviously wrong. l couldn't get it out all the way and I didn't want to force it and break something. I sprayed it with a cleaner, blew it off with an air hose, and then hit it with some spray lube and put it all back together. Same result. Anybody have any idea what could be wrong and/or how to remove the door handle and lock mechanism without breaking it?

It's a 1998 Sienna XLE with power locks.
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