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#3 of 15 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel
Oct 25, 2010 (9:50 pm)
Both sliding doors on our 2002 Chrysler Town and Country can't be opened because the power locks won't release either electrically or manually. Is there any way to remove the interior panels to reveal the power lock assemblies, without opening the doors -- which is impossible, since the locks won't unlock? It doesn't look as if a tool can be applied anywhere to "pop" the panels out of position, but I may be overlooking something. Any ideas?
#4 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [dan_j]
Oct 26, 2010 (3:32 am)
Only tools I've seen require you to slide them in between the door panel and the metal part of the door itself, which you obviously can't do with the door closed.
Why don't you try a locksmith. Or a just-released-from-prison car thief . Either one can probbaly get the lock released and the door open.
#5 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [srs_49]
Oct 26, 2010 (8:01 am)
About the suggestion made by SRS 49 ("Why don't you try a locksmith. Or a just-released-from-prison car thief"): Do you know anyone who fits into the latter category? Just kidding. But seriously, thank you for mentioning the possibility that a locksmith might be able to help. I will follow up on your helpful hint.
#6 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [dan_j]
Oct 26, 2010 (1:08 pm)
In all serousness, someone who know how to use a "jimmy stick" (think's that's what it's called) to open a locked door can do it. Someone in the auto repro business, maybe.
#7 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [srs_49]
Oct 26, 2010 (4:18 pm)
I may be wrong, but I don't think a jimmy stick will do the trick. There is no problem getting into the back seat area of the mini via the front doors. (In fact, I can easily reach from the open front doors to the sliding door locks.) The problem is that the manual door lock will not budge. It resists being pulled up to the extent where there is only a millimeter or two of "play." Even if I were to apply a lever to it, the most I'd accomplish would be to destroy the plastic "button" or strip the threads.
#8 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [dan_j]
Oct 27, 2010 (3:28 am)
Have you ever seen a siding tool? It's a stiff piece of metal with a hook on one end that allows you to unlock the overlaps on vinyl siding. I wonder if that would allow you to grab the edge of the door panel, even with the door closed, and pop the plastic pins out of the door. May mess up the door panel a bit, but I don;t know of any clean solutions.
#9 of 15 Re: 2002 Town & Country sliding door interior panel [srs_49]
Oct 27, 2010 (6:58 am)
I'm responding to SRS 49's idea of using a siding tool. In spite of the possibility of "mess[ing] up the door panel a bit," as you pointed out, it sure beats the alternative, which would be completely destroying the door panel. Thank you! I will go our local Home Depot or Lowe's, buy the tool, and give it a try. I'll share the results with you.
#10 of 15 Re: 2006 Town & Country Sliding Doors [stocky09]
May 26, 2011 (8:17 am)
My 2006 Town & Country driver's side automatic sliding door not opening but you here the the motor working. I needed some help.
#11 of 15 Drivers side Sliding door is jammimg up
May 28, 2011 (1:19 pm)
I have a 2005 Town & Country and the passenger side power sliding door would open a few inches and then stop. It would continue working when using the manual pulling of the handle. I took it in to get it appraised at a local car dealership and they said it was worth $500 less with that problem,s o I cam home and it was a broken wire in the harness. Easy fix.
I am still having trouble with the drivers side door and haven't checked to see if it is the same issue, but what it is doing is slightly different in nature. I will hit the auto open button and the motor will kick in, then the door jams and it doesn't even want to open when trying to do it manually. Although if you just try to open it manually from the start, it opens fine.
I am going to see if the wires on the drivers side are messed up as well, but figured I would ask the forum for tips and advice.
#12 of 15 Re: 2005 Town and Country sliding door lock problem [suprdav95]
Nov 16, 2011 (10:00 pm)
I have a 2002 LXI and having the same problems also, have you got yours fixed?