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99 Rear Door Lock/Latch Assembly Replacement

This was a bit of a tedious job (but not bad), so I thought I would share the experience.

1) Remove the panel. Circles show the 3 screws, the rest are christmas tree fasteners that will pop out with a little prying. The panel lifts straight up and unhooks from the upper lip of the door (remember that on reassembly) Unplug the window switch.
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2) Disassemble this joint. The white plastic tray will come out with the latch assy, so unhook it from the pivot hole.
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3) Remove the (3) Torx fasteners that hold the latch in place.
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4) There are two bolts that hold the exterior handle in place. The front one is easy enough, but the back one must be accessed through the hole made by swinging the latch out of the way.

The exterior handle is attached to the latch by a rod with a yellow clip. This clip must be destroyed to remove the rod.

Unplug the lock and bring the latch forward and out.
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5) Once you get the new latch in place, leave it loose and install the exterior handle with its (2) bolts.

Fish the latch rod into the hole. You can buy the yellow plastic latch from the dealer, or a bag full of them on ebay. I was able to lasso a zip tie onto it and pull it tight through this access hole. Seems to work fine!
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6) Bring the latch into position and install its (3) Torx fasteners. Make sure the kiddie lock tab is in place before final tightning.

Re-assemble the lock/latch joint and hang the trim panel and you are done.

I am sure I left out a minor step or two, but this covers the major stuff. I was able to find a new latch here:

Used Auto Parts | Used Car Parts | Auto Salvage

In the "select a part" field, select "window regulator rear" This will locate those salvage yards that have the door internals instead of a complete door for sale.

Have fun!
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question though. I did mine years ago. But the prob is when i start the engine (wherein all doors will be lock) the door which i replaced the cable is in half lock. Any tips i can trace back to repair mine. Thinking you might have encountered my problem.

Good writeup. Thanks dude.
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I guess you are talking front door? I haven't had those apart yet. My guess would be too much friction in the cable/mechanism or the solenoid has gotten weak.
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