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#610 of 775 Re: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door problem [hainesmama]
Aug 30, 2011 (2:26 am)
When my door broke on my 2004 I opted to turn it into a manual door and it works just fine. you need to do two things to do that:
1. Hit the manual/auto switch inside the van to disengage the open/shut buttons for the door.
2. There is a cable that runs from the front of the middle track through the door motor assembly and then to the back of the middle track. This is what the motor pulls on to open and close. You need to cut this cable to release the door from the motor. It will now work like a non-motorized door and will open and close easily. There is a bracket at each end of the cable. You can remove the bracket or leave them there. Whatever is easier. You would also have to cut the cable where it goes into and out of the door so there is nothing hanging when you are done.
#611 of 775 Re: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door problem [scottm23]
Aug 30, 2011 (7:26 am)
Thanks. We're through with power doors. We'll give it a try.
Sep 06, 2011 (12:35 pm)
I've spent some time reading through the Sienna door problems forum and it strikes me that these common problems will never be addressed by Toyota unless they are forced to do so. I am not an attorney and I've never been involved with a lawsuit, but this seems like an instance where a group of affected consumers could form a class and work with a lawyer to reach out to others who have had the same problem. Do you know of anyone who has looked into this possibility?
#613 of 775 Re: Form a class? [hainesmama]
Sep 06, 2011 (1:45 pm)
I have not looked into this but it seems reasonable, it would be great if a lawyer had the same problem and would investigate our problem and bring it before Toyota. I still have hopes that Toyota will address and fix the problem.
#616 of 775 Re: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door problem [hainesmama]
Sep 16, 2011 (7:56 am)
I am sure a Toyota dealership would be glad to help. Have you tried the "sliding door manual release" for your model? http://i.imgur.com/5jA6R.jpg Cutting the cable will only destroy a part of the vehicle and is a hack repair.
#617 of 775 Dealerships want over a $1,000.
Sep 16, 2011 (2:59 pm)
Hi, Thank you for your concern, I really appreciate your advice. I have talked to my dealership and they inspected the problem, saying it would cost over $1,000. to fix it. I contacted Toyota hoping to have a recall soon.
Again thank you.
#618 of 775 Re: 2004 sienna ce sliding door latch broken and door cant open or close [arnaqbb]
Sep 26, 2011 (8:40 am)
We just came back from the dealership after having been told that to fix the right sliding door and lock will be $1,600! This is the second time our 2007 Ltd has cost us serious $$$. The last time, it was the left side. However, these issue with the Power Doors has been ongoing and intermittent since we bought the van. I decided to go on-line to see if there is anyway to fix this problem myself, but it would appear I'm stuck. I think a class action lawsuit against the company is in order...how else will they ever be forced to deal with this issue?! This was my 3rd Sienna, but it will be my last.
#619 of 775 Re: 2004 sienna ce sliding door latch broken and door cant open or close [ih8toyota2]
Sep 26, 2011 (10:32 am)
I feel for you and numerous others with the same problem, I have the problem too. I just encourage everyone to file a complaint with Toyota, this has been going on too long!