Re: passenger sliding door problems
I managed a self-repair on a sliding door that wouldn't close. I thought this post might help the next guy.
In anger, I slammed the driver's side sliding passenger door on our 2006 Sienna while dealing with my kid's tantrum. Unfortunately, she had locked the door just before I slammed it, which jammed the rearmost latch mechanism. I tried to un-jam the latch using a screwdriver, but it wouldn't budge. I was finally able to get it to release to the normal position by applying pressure on the latch with a screwdriver while simultaneously pulling on the outside handle. Whatever was stuck on the inside broke free and the door latch snapped back to normal.
The door no longer locks into the fully closed position by itself anymore, however, so I have to apply pressure to the right side of the door while closing to get it to latch. I guess I'm stronger than I thought - I must have bent the latch mechanism when I slammed it hard. Anyway, I'm just happy to have fixed it myself. As long as it lasts another year, I'll be happy. The van has 150,000 miles on it, and we're due for a new one.