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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Passenger Door Latch Removal Help

My passenger door won't latch up when it is closed. It just bounces off the door jamb. I rotated it with my hand, but it will not lock in place. I sprayed wd40 up there and worked the mechanism and it wouldn't lock into place. I tried cycling the lock several times. Still no luck. I took the panel off and the 3 T30 screws that hold it on.

The main problem I am having is disconnecting the linkages to the outer handle. Is there an easy way to remove the latch assembly?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-02-2014, 02:08 PM
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You disconnect them at the latch.. there is a plastic clip you need to open. It clamps over the door lock rod.


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Actually just did this last weekend. My latch was full of crud, so it wouldn't latch either. There's a clip for the handle that you just unclip with a pick (I used a 90). The manual lock just comes off by rotating the latch and moving around the rod. The door cylinder rod was the hardest but take your time and you can pivot the latch and that rod will come right out.

Now I soaked mine in my parts washer that is a 80/20 mix of varsol and transmission fluid ( the transmission fluid makes it easier on your hands) for about 30 mins then I took it out and sprayed it good with brake clean. Then I soaked it in a bucket of atf I have kicking around for probably 30 mins. I then took it out and let it drain into the bucket then I lubed it up with a thin lubricant I found at my shop and then stuck it back in my door. It has worked perfect since.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the response. I got the latch out but it wouldn't clean up and work. It would latch, but not hold any pressure. I soaked it and brushed it and worked it in, blew it out with a compressor. Just wouldn't hold the door shut.

Does anyone know a good place to buy the latch assembly?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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I found one on eBay. The part is discontinued. I can't imagine why.
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