My Sienna slider door handle is barely functioning, but thankfully, the inside release button is less bad. It got much worse today, and I’m leaving for a trip on Tuesday, so I need to get that door working normally…
With the panel off, my hunch at first turned out to be right: nothing actually wrong with the handle, but the cables seem sticky and the latch is loaded with grit and goo. It’s just not releasing freely.
Too dark now to mess with it tonight, but it’s a priority for tomorrow.
I’m accustomed to lubing bicycle cables but these cables seem more enclosed and harder to get lube into them. Maybe that’s a good thing, keeps dust and grit out. Triflow works for bikes but it’s easier to get the actual cable exposed to clean and then lube those, and the ferrules at the ends of the housings are large, easy to add lube dropwise and let gravity and motion spread it around…
I’ll remove the latch mechanism from the door jamb and clean that tomorrow, that is sure to help. But while I’m in there, I’d like to lube the cables properly.
I’m wondering if anyone has tried and true methods for cleaning and lubing the cables.
Thanks in advance.