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Automatic Door lock is stuck in "lock" position on drivers side,

I have maintained this car better than the manual suggested (3,000 mi. oil changes, fluids, filters, tires, tune-ups, timing belt at 100,000, etc. It is a 5-speed manual. I admit it has been pretty reliable, but it seems to have a lot of little problems none the less. I tried to get into it today and the lock is stuck in the "lock" position, on the drivers side, so I had to un-lock the passenger side and climb over the seats to drive!!!!! It is so humiliating. I'm afraid of the cost if taken to a mechanic, and I'm not sure where to even bring it. When the key is engagaed it does make the usual "clicking" noise, but it does not open the lock. The other doors respond by locking, even though I'm turning to unlock. Is there any thing I can investigate on my own before I have to bring it to someone? Thanks! Stranded woman in NJ

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  • Anonymous May 22, 2009

    I have the same problem ('02 Mercury Cougar), however it occured after someone tried opening the door to get out after it was locked and the handle is stuck out. Can't open from inside or outside however the locking mechanism is working (You can hear it). I see you said to take the panel off - but I have no idea how you could begin to do that with it stuck closed. help! Thanks! :)

  • ufuknut May 11, 2010

    maybe you just need to change the handle. it maybe have a broken piece that doesnt let you open the doot even if its unlocked. try removing the door panel and check the door handle and see if you see a broken piece, could be an easy fix


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Spray it in with that door lock lubrication.
You should be able to open it from the driverside insde.
Lubricate the doorlock latch at door style itself as well, no excess. Dripping to be removed! Now after working in that oil. have a few operations of the whole and threat all doors alike.
You need to do this at least once a year. She just stuck in dirt most probably. At that side most dirt enters because you use it the most.

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