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#558 of 776 2004 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door back hinge bolt broken
May 04, 2011 (9:43 pm)
One of the two back hinge bolts (holding the door to the sliding mechanism) is broken and now the door is sagging and blocks the door from closing properly. Does anyone know how to fix this without having to take the entire door off. The local body shop said they'd do it for $800 (gasp!). It is just a broken bolt. I can see the problem but don't know what to do. The door sag is about 1/4 inch but it is enough to hinder the door closing and is slowly slicing the paint off the top edge of the body just where the mechanism rolls in to pull the door inward.
#559 of 776 Re: 2004 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door back hinge bolt broken [yourmamma]
May 04, 2011 (10:08 pm)
Unfortunately you will have to remove the door to replace the middle hinge. I recommended replacing the upper hinge while your at it also. I have a technical service bulletin (TSB for the 2004 Sienna) that shows how to replace the hinge and motor assembly. My friend and I replaced both hinges upper and middle hinge in about 3-4 hours. The TSB can also be found possibly in post # 43 in this forum. Look for it or google it.
#560 of 776 Re: 2004 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door back hinge bolt broken [yourmamma]
May 05, 2011 (7:25 am)
I saw my mechanic fix it by loosing up the door from the body without disconnecting all the wire. Make sure the automatic closing mechanism switch is turned off. After loosing it from the body, you can take out the hinge and put a new one. It will require 2 people to fix this problem. My cost is $250.00 including parts. It took him 3 hours. Good luck....
#561 of 776 Re: 2004 Toyota Sienna Sliding Door back hinge bolt broken [yourmamma]
May 05, 2011 (7:27 am)
Also, You can buy a remanufactured hinge instead of a brand new one. This might save you some bucks.....
#562 of 776 Sienna 2005 Sliding Door won't open
May 18, 2011 (12:51 pm)
Opening our passenger side sliding door has been a worsening problem for years. It's gotten to the point where it is impossible to open from the outside, the door handle just doesn't respond. There's rust along the siding track that the other side doesn't have. Opening from the inside has gotten more difficult as well. Now my lovely wife has engaged the child safety lock switch and we cannot open the door from the outside OR the inside. Is there a way to disengage the switch? Other than Toyota, where should I take it for repair? A body shop or a regular car repair shop? Thanks.
#563 of 776 Weirdest Sienna sliding door problem
May 21, 2011 (5:16 am)
I have a 2001 Sienna XLE and the weirdest thing started to happen with my driver side sliding door.
Here are the symptoms:
It operates when I shift into parking. When I say operates I mean if it is closed it will open when I shift into park or when it is open it will close when I shift into park.
It will always operate when I use the remote or the door lever but does not work with any of the inside buttons.
Does anyone has any idea of what is going on?
#564 of 776 Re: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door failure [ceoberry6]
May 24, 2011 (6:12 pm)
I have a 2007 Sienna -- I love the car exept for those darn doors.
They offered pay half for the part, so instead of $1600, it will cost $1200 to fix. Well, thanks very much for your generosity! We have to do something. It's ridiculous.
#565 of 776 Toyota Sienna XLE Sliding door
Jun 17, 2011 (11:45 am)
I have a Sienna XLE 2005. My passenger side automatic sliding doors cable drive snapped, the motor is good. The dealer says the cost is $1,150 to fix. What are the alternatives? Any suggestions? Called some places no one knows where to get the cable. The MSRP on the cable is $588!!! This stuff is too expensive. What is Toyota doing about this? They should take some responsibility. The discussion forum on this is growing everyday. My son almost got caught in the cable when it snapped and the door slid without control. Any help, suggestions?
#566 of 776 Sliding doors stuck 2006 sienna
Jun 29, 2011 (11:50 am)
My 2006 sienna automatic doors are stuck and won't open. IT's a safety hazard and when you do try to open them manually you need to be a body builder with lots of muscle. The sound of grinding is horrific and I can't imagine that this is what toyota had in mind when they charged an enormous amount of money to have automatic doors.
Has this happened to anyone?? Can the auto doors be converted safely to manual doors that run smoothly?
Does anyone want to start a class action law suit? It appears that a ton of toyota owners are having the same issues....maybe they will listen to that instead of charging $1800 per door to fix.
#567 of 776 Same problem 05 XLE
Jul 03, 2011 (5:58 pm)
Cables on both sides snapped within a week of each other... has anybody had this fixed for a reasonable price? Cable is pretty standard, nothing special, maybe I can have something made on the cheap?