Recently, one rear door "froze up" and wouln't open. 1 month later, the other rear door did the same thing. Tried numerous times locking/unlocking, but still will not open. Can anyone help?
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2002 Nissan Maxima Question: rear doors won't open
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, June 22, 2010, 22:37Master
Its going to be difficult but you will have to remove the interior door trim panels to gain access to the interior workings of the door. This may be easier if you remove the lower rear seat cushion. With the door panels off try lubricating the lock/latch assembly and ensure the linkages are attached and pull fully on the lock latch.
Answer #2Visitor, December 02, 2010, 22:38
I have had this problem before. The advice from Patrick is great, however, if the latch and rods and everything to do with the door opening are intact. Which is what happened to me.My latches were completely seized, I had to cut the skin of the door open enough to gain access with some tools. Then I dismantled the latch mechanism, boom the door was open. Now I have a hole in my door. Not really, I went to the local bone yard, bought a good door, with a good latch, made sure all the wiring matched up and that the parts inside were identical and I was in business. I only invested maybe 2 hours of work and a whopping 50 for the door. I even lucked out and it was the same color. Not saying you will get that price, or luck in color but this method worked for me and it was somewhat cost effective. That and I didn't have to sacrifice my door pads, those are expensive new and often impossible to get off if the doors are closed. This way you keep your interior color, you don't break either of your seat clips, and you don't break your door pad into 100 pieces. Again there are no guarantees the colors are going to match, interior or exterior if you get any parts at a bone yard.