Toyota Sequoia rear latch rusted shut
Could not get my lift gate to open on my '03 sequoia. Took it to the dealer. They said they spent 3 hours and could not get rear lift gate to open. I spoke with the mechanic directly. They suggested I take it to a body shop to have the lock mechanism cut out, as they did not want to damage the door. Felt auto body shop would have a proper tool. My door handle has been replaced 2 times, the last time with a metal one. Is there a way to free the lock mechanism from the inside? The interior panel is off. One video showed cutting the "U" shaped catch bar with a diamond blade sawmill. That seemed dangerous.