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#72 of 141 Re: 2004 Toyota Sequoia Rear Hatch Door Problems [heytomsequoia]
Feb 22, 2011 (9:02 pm)
First off, I would like to thank you for your detailed repair information! I just bought a used 2006 Limited for our new family. It has 60k and I am experiencing similari issue with the rear door. I am not very mechanically inclined, but with our newborn twins, I need to save money, so I gave it a shot. I successfully removed the bottom latch, cleaned it up, went to re-install to discover the upper handle/latch to be shot. It is froze up. So I carefully followed all of your steps, made plenty of mistakes along the way and now I'm stuck.
I removed those 2 - 10mm nuts inside the extremely hard to reach spots. I can barely type this after all the cuts on my wrists. I removed the plastic housing where the cable attaches to the cheap plastic handle as well as the cable itself. I cannot get the license plate cover off! Not sure if the 2006 design is different from yours, but, there seems to be something I missing for me to do. It is loose at the top, but the bottom middle is not giving on the outer license plate plastic cover. I read your instructions 100 times, but can't get this thing out. the 4 plastic trim plugs are crimped and out, the keylock is out, but as mentioned, something else is holding the plate on.
#73 of 141 Re: 2004 Toyota Sequoia Rear Hatch Door Problems [ryno27]
Feb 23, 2011 (1:11 am)
Have you removed the license plate itself, this must be done as the plate bolts double as ab way of holding the cover to the tail gate.......just a thought. The last time I had to repair my latch I actually had to grind the license plate bolts off as they rusted over time.
#74 of 141 04 Toyota Sequoia Rear Hatch Door
Mar 09, 2011 (6:13 pm)
I'm having the same issue with the rear hatch handle not engaging the lock/unlock mechanism; the door is closed which is a bummer. I've read thru the postings and would like to know what the part number or name is for the cable assembly that would be on the inside?
#75 of 141 Re: 2004 Toyota Sequoia Rear Hatch Door Problems [peterson70]
Mar 10, 2011 (5:55 pm)
There were two nylon plugs below that I didn't see, so I crimped them and pushed the cover out. It came right off. The nylon plugs were actually the 2 lower bottom bolts for the license plate. Mission accomplished! Thanks
#77 of 141 Sequoia rear lock problems (but not broken latch) -
Apr 04, 2011 (9:33 am)
Sequoia rear lock problems (but not broken latch) -
I hear the lock and unlocking of the mechanism in the read door latch with the key fob and the electric button on the side doors, but the outside handle will not open the rear door. I've seen the repair videos and the handle itself is not broken as I feel tension on the latch as if the door is still locked. The handle is not free floating as if broken. Using the manual key in the rear door sounds the same but will not release the lock, but the key will open the rear window.
I've been having unlocking problems for off and on with the front passenger door too, having the hit the button several times (3 to 4 times) to get ALL the doors to lock or unlock. Is the key only an electric switch actuating the solenoid and not direct manual linkage to the lock?
What do you think? Corrosion on the wire connectors? Therefore causing low voltage to the solenoids??? Something else? Where do I start?
#78 of 141 Re: Sequoia rear lock problems (but not broken latch) - [tkori]
Apr 04, 2011 (5:19 pm)
It sounds like your handle is frozen up. If you can manually move it with your fingers and it still sticks, then the handle is shot and your fob will do nothing. If your rear door is locked, then you need to use 90 degree pliers (or a tool to get in under the handle to pull that cable) to grab the cable and unlock the door. There is a youtube video that illustrates this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRuOxDnP5gE
It still could be the cable or electric issue. I did not have an electric or cable problem, so I can't comment on that. Watch through the video and take it from there. You may have some corrosion and your latches/handles may be sticking. One way or another, you should take everything apart, clean and lubricate the handles and latches.
#79 of 141 Re: Sequoia rear lock problems (but not broken latch) - [tkori]
Apr 05, 2011 (12:37 am)
I had a similar problem with my 2001 Sequoia lift gate. I could pull the handle and it seemed like it unlocked but the door (liftgate) wouldn't come open. I knew the latch wasn't broken because I had experienced that before. Yeah, $300 worth.
I determined that it might simply be stuck (like a bathroom door that has swelled and rubs the door jamb). It needed a good strong jerk, but I didn't want to break the latch. I fashioned a handle from a metal rod that would hook up under the very bottom of the lift gate. This gave me strong leverage when pulling.
While pulling on the regular latch handle with one hand (not hard enough to break it) and putting some muscle into pulling on the bottom of the door, Hooray, it came open.
I found that the locking mechanism was pretty well gummed up, dirty and a little rusty. After a thorough cleaning with W-D 40 and giving it a good coating with silicone lubricant, it now works fine. However, I still carry the home made pulling handle in my tool box and lubricate it regularly.
Hope this helps.
#80 of 141 Re: Sequoia rear lock problems (but not broken latch) - [tkori]
Apr 19, 2011 (5:26 pm)
I am having the same issue with my 2002 Limited. I am quit experianced with electric circuits and have found that on mine both the key and the keyless entry are causing the MPX module mounted on the rear hatch to energize the relay in this board. Power 12 volts is then supplied to the solenoid at the actual latch assembly to energize and pull in causing the door to lock and unlock. should get 12 volts to the solenoid when you press the unlock button on the fab or the doors itself. The board on the MPX module the relay clicks and sends power out (suppossedly) you can take the board out of the black enclosure and feel the relay clicking. Mine needs the MPX module. 300 from dealer, trying to source a used one. hope this helps
#81 of 141 Re: Sequoia rear latch problem after handle repair
May 21, 2011 (2:28 pm)
I had a broken handle and was successful in removing the old and replacing with new metal one thanks to the information provided previously. Befor putting everything back together I checked the mechanism to make sure it worked. When using the handle it did not work even though everything was connected correctly. It was as if there was not enough travel in the cable to engage the actual latch. I unhooked the cable from the handle and pulled on it which allowed for the door to unlatch. While I had the door open I manually closed the actual latch mechanism so I could repeat pulling the cable to make sure it would open again if I were to close it. This time the latch did not disengage. I now have an open tailgate with a stuck latch and so am unable to close it. I have sprayed WD40 on the mechanism but does not seem to help. I cannot see how the latch mechanism is attached inside the door panel. It is covered by a black plastic housing but no sigh of how it is attached. Any ideas as to how to go about addressing this?