2011 Toyota Sienna SE: The Sticking Doors
October 18, 2011
This has happened to me probably four or five times in the 10 months we've had the Sienna. Periodically, one of the sliding doors will stop after partially opening or closing. This time it happened while I was running to catch a plane or I'd have made a video. Seems to happen to both doors.
This is where the door stopped. Took me about 20 seconds to work it closed after grabbing my bag. The problem is puzzling because the solution is slow. This time the doors were unresponsive to the key fob and the interior buttons. What's more, the Sienna's sliders aren't meant to be operated manually. Ever.
So when you pull on them -- in either direction -- you're working against the mechanism, which means you've got to be slow and careful in working the door into the fully open or fully closed position where the mechanism is again willing to take over.
I'm curious if any other Sienna owners are experiencing this problem. Given the fact that it's happened to me more than once and the fact that the doors clearly aren't broken, I'm wondering if it's something I'm doing. Could be. After all, I don't even know even know how to use the USB port.
Next time there will be video. I promise.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor