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Old 03-26-2011, 11:19 PM
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Hello everyone. I just bought a '98 Ram 1500 5.9L 4x4 Sport. The previous owner said he has never used the Quad doors. They do not open. He says the dealer told him that the weather stripping is stuck to the paint and to use some WD40 to free them. I am not convinced that the latch is releasing all the way. Just wondering if this is a common problem with this truck and if the latches are not releasing the doors all the way what can I do for that? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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the latch may be rusted as well. Mine are starting to stick so I need to get in there and clean them up. I don't know how you can get to them with the door shut but someone who has maybe able to help you out
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have a friend push/pull the outside handle as though to open it
then you lay on the seat with the something like a moving blanket over your shoes, make sure you find a spot to exert maximum pressure on that has some metal behind it, if pressure doesn't work, give it a couple of fairly strong kicks, when you get it open, lube everything

if you have a port-a-power use plywood & whatever & moving blankets & save your ankles
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Thanks guys. So brute force huh. Don't want to tear the weather stripping but maybe I don't have a choice. Can't tell if the latch is releasing all the way either.
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i would take it to another dealer. a second opinion never hurts. pull on either the outside or inside handle and pay attention to the way it feels. does it feel like the latches are fully releasing? if so, then something is stickin it. if not, then its the release latches.
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Everything I have read says wd40 or pb blaster the bottom latch for a couple of days and then brute force...I have a 99 and am still working on getting my driver's side rear door open
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