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#339 of 776 2007 sienna rear sliding door doesn't close completely
Jan 07, 2010 (10:55 am)
The drivers side rear slider doesn't latch. This makes the interior lights stay on, thus killing the battery. Even with the light switch shut off it kills the battery because it senses the door is open an tries to draw the door closed all night. Toyota "fixed" the problem once still under warranty. about 30k miles . The next time it wasn't, and were told that it could be two different things, one might cost about $350 and the other about $800. Problem is they had to take it apart to see which one it was. Am I alone with this problem?
#340 of 776 Re: 2007 sienna rear sliding door doesn't close completely [fudbug]
Jan 09, 2010 (2:58 pm)
I have the exact same problem on my 2005 Sienna. I can physically push on the outside of the door and the warning light will blink off and on as I apply and release pressure to the door.
It seems like a sensor switch is engaging and disengaging.
Have you found a solution?
#341 of 776 Re: 2007 sienna rear sliding door doesn't close completely [fudbug]
Jan 09, 2010 (6:03 pm)
I just posted that I had the same problem with my 2005 Sienna. I located the sensor switch and thought it wasn't being fully depressed when the door closed. I added a small pad to the door to depress the switch further and it still didn't work. So I did some further investigation.
It turns out that there are 3 mounting screws at the back of the door that hold the latching mechanism in place. All 3 screws were loose. Once I tightened them the problem was solved. It requires a star head screwdriver which luckily I had.
Hope this helps. Better than $800+ repair.
#342 of 776 Re: Sliding doors sticking [tillsonburg]
Jan 11, 2010 (12:10 pm)
I live in Alaska and have a 2005 Sienna XLE. The first two years I had the vehicle there were no problems but starting last year, my sliding doors also froze shut. I took it to my Toyota dealer and was told "it's just a design flaw in the vehicle". I was told to wipe the doors down with a towel after it snowed or I was at the car wash and then spray everything with WD40 or Silicone. I've tried both and neither work. Luckily I don't have kids and just have resigned myself to not using the doors a good portion of the winter, which is ridiculous. Now, my gas latch is also freezing up and this morning I had to take my car to the car wash to unfreeze the side gas latch so I could get gas. Toyota should be ashamed since these vehicles aren't cheap!
#343 of 776 Automobile Safety Hotline
Jan 12, 2010 (2:06 pm)
I'm the person from Alaska, and my father is retired. I forwarded this list to him and he called the Department of Transportation's Auto Safety Hotline.He and was told everyone should file a complaint and that the problems would be investigated. For what it's worth the phone number is: 1-888-327-4236. Toyotas are not cheap vehicles and they shouldn't make us go through this. In my case my husband had a wheelchair because he was a brain tumor patient. It was horrible not to be able to open the side doors of the Sienna. Kathy
#344 of 776 Sienna sliding doors that don't function correctely
Jan 13, 2010 (9:39 am)
I posted my problems a year ago. I had all the same problems. Sticking doors, broken cabels, sensors in doors that don't work properly. Doors that seem to be secure and then the door not properly secure light, comming on while I'm driving down the road with the kids in back. My biggest worry was the doores not being secure and no indication of it. I found that the problem began in the mechinisum that grabs the metel loop that is connected into the door frame. The c shaped latch is covered with a plastic coating which when worn or damaged allows moisture in and the metel clamp swells up and binds the latch. No amount of lubrication helps. This would give me a false reading that all the doors were latched.....but while driving down the road the door not properly secure light would come on. Toyota made a big mistake by plastic coating a metel that would rust and swell up the outer coating from the inside making the latch not function properly. I feel this led to other problems like broken cabels and locks not working properly. Because if the latch itself is binding up when you try to release it and when you try to lock it. Well after all that I am glad to say, a couple of months ago the Toyota Sienna went by by and we now have a KIA Sedonia. You guies need to file the complaint to the department of transportation safety division. Only you can get Toyota to fix it.
#345 of 776 Re: 2007 sienna rear sliding door doesn't close completely [clark49]
Jan 15, 2010 (9:37 am)
Did you have the dead battery problem too? I'm in New England so that doesn't help.
It's only 2 1/2 years old so I would think it wouldn't be an issue
#346 of 776 04 with multiple door problems
Jan 21, 2010 (10:32 am)
My 04 Sienna has the freezing, latching and snapped power door cable issues. Apparently the local parts wholesaler (a Toyota dealer) has refused to give my mechanic any information on the parts. Two dealerships have quoted $3000 and $1700 per door (one for the old replacement, one for TSB 0085-09 - in that order). The first dealer wouldn't even acknowledge that the TSB existed.
I've logged the complaint with the NTSB. There are definitely safety issues, not the least of which are the doors not closing or latching open completely and the "door open" indicator not recognizing when the broken power door is open.
Toyota national consumer help line opened a case and promised to call back, but never did - it's been more than six months.
#347 of 776 2004 Toyota sienna . problem after problem...
Jan 26, 2010 (11:19 am)
I really hate toyota now.. I was a toyota man... Not Anymore...
We have so much problems with this van, I consider it is a lemon....
List of problem
1) Gas lick (flooded) after replacing the fuel tank.. took them 2 weeks to fix.
2) Driver side front door has popping sound - welding problem- initially they refuse to fix until the recall got in.
3) Driver side sit belt not easily release - wants $300 to fix .. Safty issue? Not fix yet.
4) Steering wheel arm cushion broke - bad for driving and aligment- cost $700.00
5) Passenger automatic door broke - require 800+ to fix claiming motor problem. took it to a independent auto shop , fix it for $200.00. The cushion of the arm that hold the door worn off and therefore the door is scratching the side of the car.
6) the most current one... I do not know whether it is related to rain or not.
it happen 2 times last week, It is very hard to turn my steering wheel when I am in drive mode, have to restart the car to solve this problem.
Do any of you have the last problem.. I am very afraid what will happen if I am driving on freeway.
#348 of 776 Re: Toyota Sienna Sliding Door Problems [lifelister]
Feb 02, 2010 (7:27 pm)
I tried to call Toyota only to get a machine. The machine said to call back later due to call volume. So, I suggest we all write a letter to the following address.
Ms. Kathleen C. DeMeter, Director
Office of Defects Investigation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20590
Make sure you detail the crap you are putting up with ... in a NICE way.
Good Luck and Be Well,