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Re: My 1997 Sunfire door latch is stuck in the locked...
Funny well not realy had some one elese do this on sat Grab a screw driver and on the door where the latch is slightly pry out on the latch and lift up on you're door handle and it will unlatch and open the lock mechanism
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If your talking about the teeth/latch that actually engage around the pin to hold the door closed and not the lock you puhs down to lock it. all you have to do is get a screwdriver or anything small and strong you can stick in it and pull the tooth back into the "open" position. You might have to pull the handle out like your opening the door normally while you do this.
You have probably bumped the latch and caused it to close. Look at the latch in the door. The latch has a locking arm that is down when in the locked position and up at the top when in the open position. If the arm is down in the center of the latch opening of the door push the arm upward until it locks in place.(sometimes you have to activate the latch handle/button on the outside of the door while pushing the arm upward)
there is a spring inside the door lock that makes it work this spring is most likely broken try spraying lubricant on the lock just in case its binding ,but it seems like you will have to replace the lock mechanism
I have seen some times the latch assemblys get rusty or dirty and the inside or outside door handles are pulled and the latch assembly siezes in the open position not allowing the door to latch closed..but this may not be the case .. check to see also if the child lock switch position is not stuck in the halfway position, also check if the latch has not flipped to the close position before the door was closed thus jamming the striker latch..this can be fixed by pulling the catch out while opening the door handle..hope this helps good luck...
It sounds to me ( correct me if I'm wrong ) like the door latch on the side vertical edge of the door is in the LOCKED POSITION. In order to unlock it perform the following. First electrically with the LOCK button UNLOCK the locks. Now with one hand hold the OUTSIDE DOOR HANDLE IN THEOPEN POSITION, while at the same time FLIPPING OPEN THE LATCH. All Done . Now you can close the door. Hope this helps
does the door just bounce back open when you shut it? If so then the latch inside of your door should be in the open position. You may need to take a screw driver and lightly pry it back open so that the U shape or Yoke if you will is pointing towards the inside of the car if you were to slowly swing the door shut. That way the striker (located on the car body inside the door frame) will go into this yoke and it will rotate upward as the door latches. Remember to lift the door handle before prying down on the locking mechanism (yoke latch). If your latch is already in the right position slowly close the door and see where the latch and striker are hitting. If it looks like the latch is to low then your door hinge pins and bushings are worn needing replacement. You can usually get this done for about $60.00 from a local body shop.