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Q: Car door won't open

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The back door of my car won't open.

Hello. A common problem that many owners of your particular vehicle face is the back door not opening as you stated. The big shops and most dealers will tell you that the entire rear door actuator has failed and will need replacement, but that is the case only about 10% of the time. In most cases, the door lock or latch will simply have come off alignment of the back door actuator from it moving each time the door was used. Usually the can be components can be re-aligned and all will work fine. I suggest having a well trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect the door and repair any failing components.

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