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Child Saftey Problems

07-04-2008, 11:53 PM
I have a 95 geo prism 4 dr, I tried turning off the child safety lock off the back drs and now neither back dr will open or unlock from the inside or out! Need fast advice please...its not so easy to get a infant car seat in an out with drs that dont open :( I think that maybe the child safety dial may have gotten caught midway between on and off

07-05-2008, 03:45 AM
To any one else who's having this prob, i did some lookin around and found this from a couple yrs ago. My problem's been resolved, good luck to any one else who might encounter this one any vehicle....i highlighter the most important part that worked for me. I did nt have to make the tool talked about in this blurb, i used the lil red attatchment that somes with WD40 or Liquid Wrench and poked that into the hole behind the lifted dr handle, then used pliers to pull up on the lock while i pulled the dr handle up and gave the dr a good shove...


I am going through posts on stuck rear doors with the Rodeo's and came across your post. I too had a stuck rear door and managed to get it open yesterday. It turns out that both rear door locks were rusted and I had to grease the hell out of them to get them working again. I got instructions from "AllDataDIY.com" how to open the door and I'll attempt to describe how to do it:

You first have to make a tool out of roughly 1/8" diameter metal (I used a thick coat hanger - I tried to draw it out here but it won't display properly) approximately 12.5" long - you need two 90 degree bends at each end and in the same direction so that the tool will be roughly bent .625" on one end, straight for about 8.25" and bent on the other end approximately 3.5".

Once you've made this tool, go lift the rear door handle of the stuck door and you'll notice a small opening at the back of the handle - you want to put the small end of the handle facing down through the hole and you're trying to get to/catch the release lever and push up on it. It took me about 20 minutes of feeling around before I finally got it. Spray WD 40 or some other lubricant into the hole if it won't budge. Be careful as I knocked loose the door lock linkage and with too much force you can bend it. (I didn't care that I knocked the linkage loose since I had to pull the door panel off anyway to get to the rusted lock). In my case I first got the door 1/2 open since the lock was so rusted, sprayed WD40, let it sit a while then tried it again with success.

If you manage to get the door open and pull the panel off, you'll notice the lock and linkages completely rusted. You can replace the locks or do what I did, lubricate the hell out of them. I hope this works for you and good luck. I just finished my project this morning.

01-05-2010, 04:48 PM
I had a similar problem with my '96 Prizm and went the WD-40 route. The problem came back a year or two later (WD-40 smells nice but washes out eventually) so I finally got a can of spray lithium grease and REALLY lubed the hell out of it.

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