||03-04-2011 08:34 PM
When you absolutely CANNOT get your Wrangler TJ door to open
This is for full metal doors only! Cause I ain't never tried it on half doors.
Yep, when you have spent the last 3 days trying EVERYTHING possible-every trick off every web forum-squirted 3 cans of lube-disconnected every operating rod-finally removed the interior panel from a locked shut door-and you STILL can't get the door open, here is how you do it.
First, go to dealer or junk yard and get a new door striker plate. 17 bucks from dealer. Mine was here next morning.
Second, grab you a hack saw blade and wrap one end in a rag and crawl inside that sucker. Slide the seat next to the stuck door all the way back, then lean it all the way back and get comfortable cause you are going to be in there about an hour.
Slide the blade in the gap tween the door and jamb and start sawing on the inner striker loop post. You will be able to stroke the blade about 1/2" so it will take a good 30 minutes....Once you are thru the inner striker hoop post, then saw thru the outer one. About 30 minutes later the door will swing open! YEHAW!
Drink two beers
Now you have to remove the offending latch from inside the door. After 30 munutes of trying to remove it, you discover why it won't come out.....The ONLY way it is going to come out past the rear window track is if you remove the hoop you just cut off the striker plate, so stop and drink one more beer. Then get back in there and fiddle with the stuck latch until you can finally get it to release the hoop....Once the hoop is out, you can rotate the latch enuff to get it past the window track.
Drink one more beer.
Ok, now that the latch is out, you can either take it apart and try to finger out why it hung up or you can go in the house and order a new on for 80 bucks from Full and Half Door Components for 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ
like I did.
Now that I have my new latch, Im gonna take the old one apart to see just WTF made it seize up! But I need more beer first. :)
You guys with half doors might have the same problem with the hoop and window track clearance issue, if so do all the above.