HELP - Defender 90 rear door locked shut.

Hi Chaps!

Well, I've just spent hours trawling the interweb and cannot find a solution to my problem, which is, the rear door is locked shut and will not open under any circumstances.

The car is a 52 Defender 90 Station Wagon. Spare wheel is on the door, but hinges etc seem to be OK, in fact everything was OK up to a few hours ago!

I was in and out of the wagon using the rear door normally, shut it, went to open it later and nada. I managed to climb into the back armed with a persuader, then a bigger persuader and some WD40, but nothing.

I'm sure some of you MUST have had this happen in the past, so please offer any ideas.

The current plan is to try and get the rear door card off from the inside with the door shut - is this even possible? If so, how do I go about it?

Hit it with a hammer. Honest, it is most likely the central locking solenoid that has stuck not the lock. (I presume you have had a go with the key).
The other way is to push the body by the sides near the long oval back windows some times that works I believe as they are a tight fit sometimes and can snag. I saw LR workers helping rear doors to fit on the track with a scaffold tube, expertly mind!
is this the older model with the little flick up & down lock latch on the inside ? if so, sometimes the spring can break on the latch & it wont allow you lock or unlock it. Only way to get at it is to take of the mechanisum drill out the rivits and put a new spring inside.
be carefull it the door lineing is fibreboard, they break easy. you just need to carefully lever it away till you see the plastic push fit's that hold it to the door frame. Lever close to them gently & they will pop out and just work your way along till you have them all off. ONLY do this if its an older Landy. If its a newer bread see above post.
Happened to mine after a period of bouncy bouncy and I'd foolishly left the spare wheel on the LR-supplied bracket many years ago. As the marmoset above says, the tiny locking lever is likely to be at fault, try his solution. Otherwise, hit it with a mallet.


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Something going wrong on a Landy?

I simply don't believe it.

You must be a liar.
Hi Guys – thanks again to all who offered ideas. This is what happened. The Landy is a TD5 and the rear door was locked solid. Obviously I’d checked remote, child lock, central locking etc. Also rattling the door, locking and unlocking and some brute force from the inside, but the hooky thing would not move from the locking pin. So...... in case this happens to you.....

Armed with some basic tools I clambered into the back, removed the grab bar and then took the door card off not very easy. This allowed me access to the actual lock and central locking mechanism, however, there was nothing else I could do. So I had to take off the striker plate from the rear inside of the door frame – not easy with the door and lock in situ. Even then the door would not open. Undid the 4 bolts holding the lock in and managed to wiggle the lock and handles through the hole and get the door open. Said door is now held closed by heavy duty luggage straps.

The lock is riveted so I cannot get in there to see what has broken, but is absolutely locked solid – with the striker plate still locked on! I have tried to persuade it to open but no joy. Also, despite the excellent photos in the Haynes manual (!) I do not seem to have a pin on the key barrel, so might not be able to salvage my cylinder.

Just off to the Landy garage now to see how much they want for a new lock – then back home and onto e-bay to see how cheap I can get one on there!
This seems a reasonably cheap solution

In East Africa Landrovers used to be the favourite prey of the 'jua kali' predators. These were carnivorous mechanics who would repair your car while shading from the hot sun ('jua kali') under a mango or coconut tree. They are still to be found in the wild, but their numbers shrank drastically following the Southerly immigration of herds of TD5 engines and R380 gearboxes. Their usual tools included a screwdriver, a set of Whitworth spanners, a couple of hammers and a good, hefty, heavy mallet. Laptop computers were yet to be introduced to the wild at that time.

The good old days.


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Simply remove the back window and chuck the kids in through the hole. They will scramble out when they are hungry. Sorted.


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just fit a 5 lever chubb lock with a nice brass handle.

cant see why you cant get your cylinder out though, you could allways cut it open.
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