I have a 1999 Olds Silhouette - the power door closing mechanism broke years ago and the cable detached. For several years now I have been closing the door by hand and it has worked without issue.
Today the passenger sliding door will not latch. When I close it - the door just bounces back open. When I slide the interior handle back and forth there is no tension on the handle - usually it feels like there is something providing tension.
I have tried the following:
1) Disconnected the battery to reset the system 2) Checked the child lock and toggled it 3) Enabled and disabled the sliding door override button on ceiling center console. 4) Sprayed WD40 on latches 5) Warmed up the van just in case something is frozen 6) Parked the van in the garage so the temp is above 10 Degrees Celcius - 50 degrees Fahrenheit
If anyone has a solution I would really appreciate it.
I have this problem as well. The latch is getting stuck. I haven't been able to fix it permanently but you can get it to latch if you hit the door by the handle. It will release the latch and allow it to latch when you close the door.
Try and check the latch in the door sometimes they catch and don't open all the way it may take a screwdriver to pry it up or it could be a clip has broke inside the door on the trip mechenizm and won't let it hit the spring tension to lock it shut.
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Has nothing to do with the electric lock opperation.A spring is off on the ratchet gear inside the latch.Have a mechanic fix this,it is literall a pain in the butt to even get to.Let alone replace or repair it.Good luck Brother.
Your problem is the door thinks that it is already locked and closed. You need have the sliding door unlocked, have someone pull the handle as if they were going to open the door and then use a tool to "Open" the latch that normally would hold the door closed.
Check the latch mechanism on the side of the door away from the hinge. The easiest way I can think of to do this is to push a large bolt (about the same size as the door latch pin on the frame) into the latch mechanism to simulate the door closing action. The latch should close over the bolt and not allow you to pull the bolt out in the door open direction unless you open the door handle.
If the latch works properly, check the door alignment to make sure it is actually engaging the pin.
Drivers side door will not close because, it might have dropped out of alignment and is sagging down slightly!!! or if it has electric door locks, and someone in the family has failed to mention door locks were activated while that one door was still open!!! now lock mechanism has passed it's normal stopping place and is now stuck, therefore already locked and not allowing door to close all the way!! you might try disconnecting battery then try jiggling the lock, and hope silenoid didn't get burned out, open passenger door and look at lock latch, then check drivers side lock latch!!! if your lucky lock latch should unlock when battery is hooked back up. i have seen this problems happen often on older vehicles!!! especially on cars or trucks that have been in fender benders.........body shops know what to check for, they fix problems like this often!!!!! Good luck!!
simple door latch, try unplugging the power and see if the door opens, if it does its not the motor. if the door is out of alignment it wont latch. if the latch in the door is broke it wont latch. try locking the door when its closed.
If you removed the 2 bolts near the handle (1 you reach by removing the lock & pwr windows control panel by prying it up, it will pop loose) there are plastic bolts/clips that press in through openings around the edge of the door panel. Just pry out slowly and they should pop out. Work your way around the door. It should slide off over the release handle which you may want to pull outward so it slides over it easier. I just did this 2 days ago to replace my passenger mirror.
If the door itself will not stay closed then it is not the power locks but the latch that is malfunctioning, the locks only allow or disallow the latch from opening when you try to open the door. Thoroughly lubricate the latch mechanism on the door with something like WD-40 and inspect it for damage, make sure the bolts that hold the latch within the door are tight and are aligned correctly. After you lubricate it, close and open the door to work the lubricant in. Also if you have child lock switches on the door, make sure the switch is fully off or on. If all else fails then the handle/latch mechanism may need to be replaced.