Monday, May 27, 2013

2007 Toyota Sienna passenger sliding door problems

On my 2007 Toyota Sienna, the right side rear passenger sliding door has started to give me problems by not wanting to open when I hit the over head door switch, or press the door open button on the key fob or the switch at the side door pillar but will work when I pull the outside door handle or the inside door handle. I was going to take the van in to a toyota dealer but my wife made me feel guilty when she said that I'm a mechanic and I should be able to fix it myself so I got some help online by doing research and sure enough, there are many complaints about these doors on the web. I went to this website townhall-talk. and found a man with a similar problem who was able to fix his van. Based upon the symptoms he was having and it as similar to mine, I was able to do a simple test that he suggested which in turn nailed the problem down to the door lock actuator on the right rear door. Toyota wants about $1200.00 to fix it. I looked up the part online and found the dealer price at around $450.00 I found it at another website for about $125.00 Well, that's a lot cheaper than paying $1200.00 to have someone fix it especially when I'm a mechanic. Now I just need to come up with the cash to buy the part.

4 comments:

Jennifer @ Money Aches said...

That's a big difference and you will be saving yourself a lot of money by taking a bit of time to fix it yourself. At least the door still works so it's not something you have to fix ASAP. Oh, and when you're done with your van I have a few things you can fix on my car :)

Jessica Cassidy said...

I am so sorry about your Senna :-( hope that you can fix it real soon so the family can enjoy their ride :-)

Katie Jones said...

That stinks. Hope you get it fixed.

Jennifer Van Huss said...

ITs amazing what a little research can save you!