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Old 03-15-2016, 06:58 AM   #1
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1997 pathfinder, Equipped with the swing out tire carrier over the rear door... The T handle mechanism doesn't release the tire carrier, therefore I can't open the rear door. anyone had experience with this?
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Old 03-15-2016, 09:28 AM   #2
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not familiar with the 97, but my former 94 was adjustable. Have you tried greasing it? or does the latch not work at all?
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Old 03-15-2016, 12:45 PM   #3
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The handle pulls and makes a distinct click, but the latch doesn't release, I'm thinking the cable is stretched out or broken off the latch mechanism?
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Old 03-15-2016, 02:14 PM   #4
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Hook it to a chain and then a chain to a tree.....instant open....Im sorry, that was an asshole answer.....lol.

I'm sure there's a workaround. Its been so long since I've seen or dealt with one, but the obvious approach now is to take the tire off to reduce weight and either disassemble the thing off the hinges or look where the striker is and push it up /in with a long handled screwdriver. That saying you can get to any of these parts to do so.
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I'd considered manipulating it with a flathead screwdriver, I haven't had a chance to take the tire off and look it over
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"Hook it to a chain and then a chain to a tree.....instant open....Im sorry, that was an asshole answer.....lol."

Typical answer from you !
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a 50-50 mix of ATF and acetone is a great rust remover/ deep lubricant, will creep into just about any place.
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