Having problems with your 1995 Land Rover Discovery ?

My Back Door on discovery Td5 wont open,it feels as if the handle has jammed up and wont engage the lock to release it. any suggestions gratefully received_many thanks Bungle

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 14-01-2019

Answers :

I'm assuming tailgate lock. This is caused by a lack of lubrication (ts a hostile environment - loads of roadspray etc).
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\015\012Simplest workaround it to prise out the landrover green badge carefully, and push the handle down from your new access point.
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\015\012Then oil the hinge lavishly, with something like WD40 (or something a bit heavier). Expect to repeat the process monthly if you only use a thin oil.
I had exactly the same issue with my disco.
Tim Cottrell is correct...this does sometimes work, and it is kinda prone to siezing up so do exactly as he describes , say , monthly.
But if this doesnt fix your problem (which it didnt do in my case), then it's a simple matter of reaching over the back seats and clearing the bootspace of all the stuff you have there, then clambering over the seats and prising off the inner lining of the rear door. You can just prise it straight off but you will probably break the little plastic pins that hold the panel on (they are real cheap to replace and take seconds to push new ones in) or you can take a pair of wide-bladed screwdrivers, slide one in at each side at the bottom of the panel, and very gently lever the panel up about 5 or so mm, then pull the panel towards you, and bingo, it's off.
This gives access to the the rest of the mechanism, which you can lube and tinker with. In my case I did this and with a little pushing, the door opened.
When you do get it finally open, apply plenty of loosening oil to all the moving parts including the door latch mechanism and give the whole thing plenty of exercising....then make sure you apply some light oil such as 3-in-1 before you call it "Mission Accomplished" and head off for a beer.
Alternatively, do watch this and consider changing your car for something more reliable...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnWKz7Cthkk
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for 1995 Land Rover Discovery

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