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Old 01-07-2013, 10:43 AM
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Default Grand Caravan sliding door won't close. Help!

My passenger side/sliding door will not close. It seems the lock is stuck in the locked postion and the door simply will not latch closed when I slide it forward. I just makes a loud bang like it's hitting the frame or something and then bounces back.

I've tried to engage/disengage the child lock. I've locked and unlocked the door a zillion times with the key fob and manual door lock switch. I've tried with the car on and off. In park and in drive (brake on). I've pulled it all the way open to reset the door and tried to close it fast, slow, medium speed...I've tried everything.

Any thoughts on how to fix this would be much appreciated. Can't use the van as the door will not close!

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Old 01-07-2013, 11:24 AM
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sometimes you have to pry the latch back with something as you pull on the handle (2 person job). Year of van? Power doors?
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:41 AM
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it's a 2003 and, yes, is a power door. Though that rarely, if ever, works. We always have to open and close it manually.

What latch do you mean? Location? Thanks.
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Well once you get the door latch working, the power door is just the wire harness at the bottom of door. Need to get your meter out and test continuity on the wire, or find the wire that is pinches.
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The latch is in the rear of the sliding door and is what holds it closed. Sometimes the latch gets closed when the door is open. When the latch gets some age on it, if you pull the release handle, the latch may not open, you would have to get in there with a screw driver or something to move it to the open position. Here is a location picture......

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Has anyone solved this issue? I have a 2001 grand caravan with EXACTLY the same issue, down to the power door not working all the time, but I have had the issue of the latch being stuck closed on a Dakota I previously owned and I can cycle the latch on the van 100% fine, it's staying in the open position and will not close to keep the door shut, if I close it hard I get same metal sounding thunk and still no result???? Please help
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