Sprinter Rear Door Panels

The rear door panel of a Sprinter van is a part of the van that can make a difference when optimized. However, issues with the door lock, handle, sensors, or other components can arise, causing inconvenience and frustration. In this blog, we will explore common problems related to the Sprinter rear door and discuss possible solutions. From troubleshooting lock problems to understanding door dimensions and cargo space, this guide will help you navigate the challenges associated with the Sprinter rear door panel.


How to fix the Rear Door Lock on my Mercedes Sprinter?

One of the most common issues with the Sprinter rear door is related to the lock mechanism. If you experience problems with the rear door lock, such as difficulty in locking or unlocking, consider the following steps:

  1. Inspect the door sensor: A faulty door sensor can cause issues with the lock. Check for any physical damage or misalignment and clean the sensor to ensure proper functionality.
  2. Adjust the sliding door cable: If the lock problem is specific to the sliding door, there might be an issue with the cable adjustment. Consult the vehicle's manual or seek professional assistance to properly adjust the sliding door cable.
  3. Check the sliding door mechanism: The sliding door mechanism may become worn or damaged over time, resulting in lock problems. Inspect the mechanism for any signs of damage or misalignment, and repair or replace it as necessary.
  4. Address sensor problems: In some cases, sensor malfunctions can cause issues with the rear door lock. If the sensor is faulty or not responding properly, consider replacing it to resolve the problem.

If your Sprinter is not starting and you need to reset you could have a dead battery, clogged fuel filter, or bad ignition switch. You can crank the start harder, jump your sprinter, or take it to a mechanic. There is a reset button by navigating on the button below the left side of the steering wheel. You can navigate to a reset. Confirm and wait 60 seconds before restarting the Sprinter.

How to replace the Sprinter Rear Door Handle

Another common issue with the Sprinter rear door is a faulty or non-responsive handle. If you are unable to open the rear door using the handle, consider the following tutorial:

Here is a video from the Florida Van Man that might be helpful:


  1. Remove the rear door panel: To access the rear door handle, you will need to remove the rear door panel. Refer to the vehicle's manual or seek professional assistance for guidance on removing the panel safely.
  2. Replace the rear door handle: Once the rear door panel is removed, you can replace the faulty handle with a new one. Ensure that the replacement handle is compatible with your Sprinter model and properly install it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Test the new handle: After replacing the handle, test its functionality to ensure it opens the rear door smoothly and securely.


For more information on rear door panels or the rear door threshold read our blogs here


What is the size of the rear opening in the Sprinter? How big is the cargo space?

Rear door opening size: Approx. 68” in width and 73” in height. The rear door opening size varies depending on the Sprinter model. It is crucial to know the dimensions to ensure items can fit through the door easily. Refer to the vehicle's manual or consult the manufacturer's specifications for accurate measurements.

 For more information on the rear door size read our blog here. 

What are the dimensions of the variations of Sprinter 144, 170, and 170 EXT?

The vans are named by the length from the seatbacks in the cab of the van to the rear threshold in inches. The 144 model is 144” the 170 is 170” and the EXT is an additional 16”. For example, the Sprinter 144 has a shorter cargo space compared to the Sprinter 170 or 170 EXT. Understanding the length of the cargo space for planning and organizing your load is good to consider.

Cargo space width and height: Sprinter vans have varying widths and heights, providing different cargo space capacities. Knowing the width and height of the cargo space is important for determining what items can be loaded and ensuring clearance for taller objects.

 What is the height of the Mercedes Sprinter van rear threshold




The rear door panel of a Sprinter van plays a critical role in its security. Understanding common issues and troubleshooting methods related to the rear door lock, handle, and sensors can help you address problems effectively. Additionally, knowing the dimensions of the rear door and cargo space is essential for efficient loading and unloading. By familiarizing yourself with the solutions and measurements outlined in this guide, you can maintain the functionality and convenience of your Sprinter van's rear door panel.

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