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side sliding door needs some help

Post by pengyou » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:56 am

To open the door I pull the latch and then, with my left index finger I have to reach other to the left end of the door and pull it out a little to get the door slide. Which part needs to be adjusted/replaced/repaired?
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Re: side sliding door needs some help

Post by CaptSquid » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:05 am

Spray some spray grease in the latch mechanism at the rear of the door. It's dry -- BONE DRY.
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Re: side sliding door needs some help

Post by Smiliesafari » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:49 pm

Try a little WD40 to loosen things up. The WD40 will wash out some of the crud that is making it stick. Then spray it with some grease. That rear latch is spring loaded. The the rear of the slider should pop open when you pull on the handle. \:D/
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Post by stomp13 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:09 pm

I had the same issue, I sprayed the crap out of latch mechanism with PB blaster and went back a couple days later and greased it.
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Post by Rebel » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:30 pm

I had that prob also,,I filled by slider,,no more issues there. :yawinkle:
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Post by SoCalli V8 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:01 am

I modified my sliding door into a Gulwing door.... I have had no further issues....


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Post by Rebel » Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:13 am

I modified my sliding door into a Gulwing door.... I have had no further issues....
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Post by CaptSquid » Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:29 am

You two is talkin' 'bout REAL money. The newb is talkin' CHEAP.
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Re: side sliding door needs some help

Post by pengyou » Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:09 am

Yes cheap....cheap...cheap, cheap, cheap, cheap...just call me chicken little :)

I bought some liquid wrench and doused the latch...it is working much better now.

I will douse it again tomorrow...and then put some grease on it.

I have noticed that when I close the sliding door I cannot get it started by pulling the latch from the outside but must reach inside and pull it. Is that the way it is designed?
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Post by astrozam » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:17 pm

pengyou wrote: I have noticed that when I close the sliding door I cannot get it started by pulling the latch from the outside but must reach inside and pull it. Is that the way it is designed?
Are you parking on a hill when you have noticed this?

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Post by Smiliesafari » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:30 pm

No, it's not normal. The lower latch is activated by a cable. I think the cable stretches a little over time causing that problem. My '96 Safari did the same thing. I cured the problem buy adding a small spacer (flat washer) between the swaged end of the cable and the latch. \:D/
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Post by Rileysowner » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:19 am

Smiliesafari wrote:No, it's not normal. The lower latch is activated by a cable. I think the cable stretches a little over time causing that problem. My '96 Safari did the same thing. I cured the problem buy adding a small spacer (flat washer) between the swaged end of the cable and the latch. \:D/
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Re: side sliding door needs some help

Post by Wiley » Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:27 pm

I added pics of the interior sliding door mechanisms here in a similar thread:

Sliding door frozen shut will not open
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