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Hello! I have a '03 Kia Sedona XL (US). The rear door (hatch) seems to be stuck in a position that will not allow me to open the rear door. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Hello! I have a '03 Kia Sedona XL (US). The rear door (hatch) seems to be stuck in a position that will not allow me to open the rear door. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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I assume you mean the outer rear handel is stuck? Mine did this and the only way to deal with it is to strip the door down and grease/lubricate every thing. Having said that it still sticks now and before opening I have to pull the handel back and then use the remote locking/unlocking to open it and use the handle
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Yes I am talking about the out rear door handle or the Hatch Door handle. I unfortunately do not have key-less entry. The handle is stuck in a way where it will not move at all. I thought I would have to strip the panel off the rear door however I found a post on another website saying that this is impossible with not being able to open the door. I guess I will find out when I tackle this myself.

Any thoughts, pointers or suggestions are appreciated.
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I see this all the time. Welcome to rust and corrosion. All you have to do is push the handle back to it's "normal" position with a screwdriver or something. Once the handle is back in place, unlock to doors and it should open no problem. Don't forget to reset the handle once you open the hatch. I would recommend replacing the handle. For the cost of the part and the hassle getting to it on the vehicle, you'd be better off. If you decide to go this route i can give you a step by step process. I've replaced dozens, pretty common here in the rust belt.
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Yes I am talking about the out rear door handle or the Hatch Door handle. I unfortunately do not have key-less entry. The handle is stuck in a way where it will not move at all. I thought I would have to strip the panel off the rear door however I found a post on another website saying that this is impossible with not being able to open the door. I guess I will find out when I tackle this myself.

Any thoughts, pointers or suggestions are appreciated.

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For what its worth heres the diagram from the manual. I assume you do have central locking on the key ? If so get a kit off EBay (remote central locking) for around £20 dead easy to fit and makes life a lot easier. Pm me if you need anything else.
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Depends,
if you can feel the rear sliding door handle moving in & out freely.
Then it means either the mechanism is broken or something else.
If the mechanism appears to be working,door "gives" slightly
- but appears to be jammed solid.

Then some carnivals,sedonas had a pin/latch at the back end of passenger side door.
If it became misaligned, and somebody just slammed shut the door. Stuck fast then.
Only way is to jimmy bar from the inside just below the window running track - push outwards & door will pop out. (leaving a small hidden dent in frame panel work...)

Then realign latch/pin etc.
(bend pin etc, or the pin has squashed the latch cover plate. Bend it back out)
The pin was obviously to help carry the door weight in the shut position.
Check another kia to see what you are looking for...
And as been already stated, lubricate everything on a regular basis.

For the rear, hatch.
Sometimes if you jam a blanket or something else in the mechanism when closing. It will not pop open when you go to next gain access.
Lots of judicious pushing & tugging at door from both inside & out can assist.
But may need to get more serious....

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Thanks very much for all of your posts and information. Using a flathead screwdriver I was able to move the door handle to a position where I could then open the back rear door (hatch). Once I opened the door the handle once again moved to a position where I have to use the screwdriver again. I take it the handle is broken or is this another part as well?

A another question. I just purchased this van and didn't get a manual. Does anyone know what the switch on the dashboard labeled "RR Heater" is for?

Thanks again for all of your help!!
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The handle is rusted/corroded (inside tha door panel). There's really no point in trying to fix the existing handle. Youd have to remove it to clean it, and for the cost of the part, you should just replace it. The "RR Heater" switch is for the rear HVAC temperature door. If the switch is off, you'll have cold, or ambient air from the vents. When the switch is on it changes to hot air.
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Thanks very much for all of your help and information. It's very much appreciated!!
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