Ok, doug, no one is chiming in so I'll reply just to start the ball rolling. I'm thinking that your '96 must be pretty similar to my '95. Isn't the lock in the middle of the back door? At least the switch is there that tells you when it's locked or not. I must admit that I've never pried off the escutcheon (love that word) to peek inside the back door. So where, exactly, is the locking mechanism located when you've presumably removed the plastic backing? What is it that you can see?
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1995 Montero LS 5-Speed • White with Gray Interior • Simply Damn Beautiful