97 Catera-The only lock on the whole car is on the drivers side door and when I turn the key in either directions, the door wont unlock. The key will turn clockwise but the lock wont turn counterclockwise. I didn't want to force the key in hopes that it wouldn't break off in the door but I don't know what else to do. Its been cold lately so I don't know if its frozen or if it runs on the cars battery and the battery died. Please Help.
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Re: Drivers Side Door Wont Unlock With Key
The locking solenoid could be sticking up or down due to the cold or could be going bad. if possible take off the door panel a watch the solenoid as you have someone operate the key and with the remote.
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Take off the inside door panel and see if there is something by the lock that activates/deactivates the alarm when you turn the key. Compare the drivers side(L), to the passenger side(R), that works. All mechanical things like to break down over time.
Some vehicle locking systems allow a single button press to unlock the driver's side door and require a second button press to unlock the passenger side door. Likewise, use of the key to unlock the driver's side door does not automatically unlock the passenger side.
try using a little graphite in the keyhole. If key turns and does nothing, may have a bad lock mechanism or a rod had fallen off inside. See that the lock turns freely. Don't force. Door will unlock from inside and still have a bad lock mechanism.
will your key work in the passengers side?
If so I asume you have electric door locks. open drivers door from inside shut the passengers door. go around to the drivers side shut the door lock the doors from inside then unlock the doors open door shut door and try to start it...as far as disableing it you will have to take it to nissan electrical tec.
my 97 had the same problem. if the key fits the lock and will turn the lock but the lock wont open the door then your problem lies in the linkage between the door lock cylinder and the locking mechanism.
if the key fits the lock and the lock wont turn at all, this is what happened to me, then your lock is seized. Ive actually seen this on alot of 95-99 sentras it seems to be some sort of design flaw. what I had to do was to replace the lock cylinder and locate a new key. the locks from a dealer are a little pricy so i went around to salvage yards, every nissan sentra from said year range door locks were all seized, I even tried the 200sx as its the same car but a 2 door, same problem. luckily i found out that the 94 nissan altimas have the same door locks so I dismantled the inside door panel of said altima and snagged both front door lock cylinders. i also got lucky as the key was still in the ignition, replaced both locks and got a key for about 20 bucks. depending on your problem you might need new lock cylinders
If the key works fine in the passenger door then the drivers door barrel has gone and will need to be replaced.
Just as a point of interest is there any sign of it being forced or does the whole door lock turn as opposed to just the centre bit