Land Rover Discovery Problems

Rear Cargo Door May Not Open on Land Rover Discovery

Problem Description and Possible Solution

Internal failure of the rear cargo door latch can cause the door to not open when using the outside door handle.

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Land Rover Discovery Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 112,761 (12,400–207,000)
11 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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The door will not open from inside or outside. Outside latch was stuck so I lubed and worked free. Yet the door still does not open.
Rear door would not open inside or out. I fixed the problem. The outside handle was frozen inward.I took a screwdriver and on the side of the handle (not under the center, but on the side using friction)
GENTLY got it back to the position that would open the door. It opened. I then sprayed WD 40 in a small hole above the latch on the side of the door (located by the child lock lever)

It apears to work fine now.
Rear cargo door would not open from inside or outside. The outside handle sticks where it still moves about a quarter inch but doesn't open. Simply take a small flathead screwdriver or butter knife and pry the handle back towards the door. Squeeze and it should open. Once open lubricate with PB Blaster or WD 40 in the handle area and the door catch. Works well after that.
Cargo door handle became stuck in up position. I was unable to release the locking mechanism from the inside or outside. I used a flat head screwdriver to gently pry the handle back down to normal position. Applied oil to locking device to keep from seizing again.
I've had this happen two or three times, each years apart. The latch gets stuck and the door cannot be opened from either the outside or inside. The fix is to remove the latch cover (with the logo) and lubricate it with WD-40 to free the mechanism. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the recommended maintenance includes "lubricate door locks" every 12 months or 15,000 miles.
Rear doors will not unlock, using the electric unlock button on the dash. The only way to open the rear doors are to reach back from front seats and pull the door handle. The child safety latch does nothing, up or down has no affect.
Door won't open. plastic lock fell into door. occasionally decides to open when it feels like it.
Solution: Pop "Land Rover" plastic insert off of rear door handle shroud. Spray lubricant into mechanism beneath. Exercise door handle.