I have a 2004 Toyota
Sienna CE. I bought the car used about six or seven years ago. Early on we had problems with the rear sliding doors. These are NOT the automatic sliding doors. The problem we have always had is that they don’t always open when you pull the handle. Either from the inside or the outside we have always had to really yank on the handle to open the door. The driver side handle on the sliding door has broken off. No doubt due to the excessive pulling force required to open the door. Currently the driver side door will open from the inside but you really have to put some effort into it. The passenger side sliding door will not open from either the inside or the outside (the child lock is NOT ENGAGED).
1) Does anybody else have this problem? Has there been a recall? It seems to me that this is a safety concern.
2) Where can I find information on how the latching system is supposed to work? Most of the information I find is regarding automatic doors or manual doors that do not stay open on an incline because the latching system doesn’t keep the door open.
a. How lazy are we that we actually need automatic sliding doors?!
3) How can I get the passenger door to open to perform any repairs?
Thanks in advance.