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#635 of 756 Re: 2006 Toyota Sienna sliding door problem [vmorvillo]
Nov 15, 2011 (3:02 pm)
Have you tried opening the far back passenger window? It won't give you much room, but you may be able to access it that way. Otherwise, yes you'll have to remove the door panel from the inside.
My door on my 2005 Sienna XLE was in the open position when this happened and we were able to cut the cable from the outside.
I now carry a clipper in the van....just waiting for the other sliding door to malfunction so I can clip that cable as well. UGH.
Once the cable is cut, you can manually open and close the door. Better than nothing.
This site is helpful too: http://www.siennachat.com/forum/index.php?topic=1631.0
And when you're done with that there is actually a Facebook site dedicated to this issue....If 200 folks sign, the administrator is planning to file a class action suit.: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toyota-Sienna-Faulty-Power-Sliding-Doors/233250320- 033754
#636 of 756 Frustrated Toyota fan
Nov 18, 2011 (3:43 pm)
My 04 Sienna sliding door cable snapped, and they surprised me with a $1500 bill to repair. Options were limited unless I wanted a 3 door van. Six months later, the door no longer works, take it in for adjustment, and they have to replace a different motor. Turns out it's my adjustment, as in $450 more to replace. Out of warranty, so Toyota won't help. I don't pay it, and the previous $1500 spent is worthless. I'm glad there are other strong options for new cars, I'm having a hard time justifying staying with Toyota after 20 years of continuous ownership. Very very frustrating.
#637 of 756 Re: Manual Sliding Door Problems [fix_it_again]
Dec 08, 2011 (9:13 pm)
I had this same problem and used the fix you mentioned above. It worked great as far as getting the door to close, but now it won't open. It seems like the cable does not have enough tension to release the rear latch. Do you know how I can get access to the cable to open the door? I think, once I get it open, I can readjust the cable tension or adjust the rear latch mount towards the interior and retighten those two screws.
#638 of 756 2000 Sienna sliding door problem fixed
Jan 22, 2012 (5:43 pm)
When my wife arrived at work she needed to get in the passenger side power sliding door. When she finished she went to close it and it would not budge. Yours truly had to drive 20 miles to check it out. Sure enough there was no closing it. After looking at all of the possibilities - removing the inside panel, checking the door motor, and cable; I had about given up. Then I noticed that the lights were dimmer than usual and that cranking the engine sounded like the battery was on its last leg. I ended up putting a new battery in. Shazam, the power door was able to close. Have not had a problem with it since. Any write-ups I have checked out do not make any reference to a low battery being the cause. One side note. In the process of trying to manually close the door I busted the outside handle loose from the forward anchor. So now have to take the door panel off anyway and replace that handle. The wonders of plastic.
Feb 10, 2012 (3:20 pm)
Had the same problem on my Sienna went with these guys and they fixed my regulator door thingy for my 2006 sienna. I didn't want to pay the $1500 my local dealer was quoting me, and I think that price didn't include installation. I have 3 kids so I'm kind of surprised it only 5 years for its to break. Hope this helps you!
#640 of 756 Re: me 2 [kuzshekiya]
Feb 10, 2012 (3:42 pm)
So you just remove the regulator and send it to them? How much per side?
Feb 15, 2012 (2:52 pm)
Ya I just took off the my old unit, and shipped it to them, they put a new cable into it and shipped it back in like 2 days. It cost me $650 for the rh side. I haven't had a problem with the lh side....yet.
#642 of 756 Door issue - I need a Reality Check - 'Controller' ?
Mar 12, 2012 (7:53 am)
My drivers side door on a 2004 Sienna has been making crunching sounds, and working sporadically. It usually works, but sometimes needs a pull to get started opening or a push to get fully closed. At times you can hear a slight crunching kind of noise. We take it into the Toyota dealer, because the typical auto repair and collision places didn't want to touch it.
The diagnosis is that it was a 'controller'; basically telling me it was an electronics issue. If it's an electronics issue - why is there a crunching noise as if something is jammed in there? And they tell me that the part is $651 plus $350 labor to replace.
Does this make sense to anyone? I feel that I'm being taken advantage of by the dealer in this situation.
#643 of 756 Re: Door issue - I need a Reality Check - 'Controller' ? [mtorg]
Mar 12, 2012 (8:41 am)
It's probably out of warranty, and given dealer rates are higher, it may be a good time to find a good private mechanic who knows Toyotas.
#644 of 756 Re: Door issue - I need a Reality Check - 'Controller' ? [mtorg]
Mar 12, 2012 (9:01 am)
I have the same problem several years ago... Toyota said the same thing about the motor is the problem and asking for 1500 to fix. I brought it to an independent mechanic and it was a L shape door hinge ( upper one ) that holding the door from the body that create the problem (The cushion somehow worn off, toyota used cheap parts). In my case, the door was not lifting high enough and it is creating friction with the body. When their is a friction the sensor will stop the door movement and causing it to stop in the middle of the door closing process and you need to pull it again to finish the process. It cost me $250 to replace the hinge and it is working since then.
I hope this will help.... good luck ... never buy another toyota again... this is not just the problems i have with the vans... there are lot more....