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DOOR WONT OPEN

MY DOOR ON A KIA RIO WONT OPEN THE LOCK DOES NOT WORK

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My 2002 Kia Rio with manual locks also wouldn't unlock. the connecting rods would bend enough that I could pull the inside plunger up or turn the key, but in either case it would snap back when I let go, and the door remained locked.

The problem is a broken spring at the latch mechanism. Getting it unlocked is a matter of wiggling and banging the handles and lock until the lever the spring is supposed to control moves. The lever is in line with the car, so gravity might help if you park facing uphill or downhill. I wish I'd inspected the latch carefully enough to tell which.

Once the door is open, remove the interior door panel. The hard part is the window crank: push the heavy wire clip off the crank's shaft between the crank and the panel. Save the plastic sheet inside the panel; it protects the mechanisms from collecting moisture in your interior and rusting. A few screws and a snap or two will allow you to lift the panel up off the inside lip of the window.

The latch is held in by the 3 big screws in the door's edge, but you also need to disconnect some connecting rods that go to the various latch and lock handles. The plastic clips that hold the rods into their levers can be rotated to unsnap from the rod, the the rod can be pulled easily our of the clip. You'll see when you try it.

On mine, I found a broken spring that had connected two hooks right across the top of the latch mechanism. I came online to find a replacement spring or mechanism and ended up here, but my rubber band I cut from a bicycle inner tube is working fine for now.

Go ahead. Say something about fixing a broken Kia with a rubber band.

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This is a common problem on Kia, see here.
When this happens it is because the door latch is jammed, in this case pulling on the push rod won't open it.
You can partially remove the door panel to bypass the latch, so that you can help the door to open from the inside, but this is not an easy job, and you risk to cause further damage.
Better to take the car back in to the car dealer for a quick repair.

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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SOURCE: my drivers side door wont

Hi



This is probably a broken spring on the door latch. Remove the driver's door inner panel, put the window fully up look at the lock mechanism and linkages and with the lock unlocked maneuver the lock linkages to open the door.

However you need to clarify if you mean open the door or unlock the door. It sounds like you mean unlock the door. First I think you probably need a new key. When the door is locked and you are inside the car. Pull on the inside door handle. That is supposed to unlock all the doors. the second time you pull on the handle it should open the door. If you can't get anything to work by pressing down on the knob in the door you probably need a new lock acatuator. You can't swap left to right. it doesn't work that way. the lock actuator is a rectangular black box that clips onto the top of the lock. Try disconnecting the wires to it and see if that helps.

If you can't open the door by using either handle or key, the actuator and likely the lock mechanism will need replacing because it is the lock mechanism that hooks into the door handle.Furthermore, if you can't open the door with the key, then the door handle components or just the tumbler is likely not lubricated enough. You may also need a new tumbler for the door handle. This doesn't need to be drilled out. Its actually pretty easy to swap tumblers once you get the handle out of the car.


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Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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SOURCE: driver door jammed wont open from in, out or with

are you sure the seat belt isnt jamed in it? or something else ? if so you got to push in as you lift handle then pull out, thats what works with mine. if thats not the problem something probley broke or came loose going to have to remove door panel to fix , and yes its going to be a job and yes you will be cursing. got to push driver seat front back and back rest all the way down and all the way up to get to all the screws and or pop outs, personaly i dont know how yours comes off. but ive had the same problem with a couple of other cars ive owned.

Posted on Aug 07, 2010

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