Question about Geo Prizm

1 Answer

The door on my geo prisim won't open

I have tried all winter to get the door open and I can't. I was able to get the panel off with the door closed but I can't open the door the rods won't open it. What do I do?

Posted by Anonymous on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 22 Answers

The problem starts (not inside the door under the panel) but the exterior latch. If you use WD40 all over and inside of that latch you won't have anymore problems... until you have to do it again a few years later.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: Door latch frozen open

My 2000 Sable does it evey winter - all 4 doors. I have found spraying WD 40 into the latch on the door works quickly to allow you to close the door.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

  • 4102 Answers

SOURCE: Cannot open drivers door, will

the link above is for a civic but may apply to you also.

first let me explain the problems you could be having,
first check the seatbelt is not jammed in the door get in the passenger side and check the seatbelt is not stuck in the door if it is try pushing the drivers door shut further then pull the handle and give the door a hard pull open this usually works if the seat belt is jammed in the door.

the other problem you could have is mechanical failure of the locking mechanism if this is the case then you need to remove the door panel the best you can as this is the only way of opening the door.

the other problem could be that the locking rod from the locking mechanism has fell off and is keeping the door in the locked position, this usually happens if the door has been slammed shut or the car been hit by another car, the only solution is to remove the door panel.

its going to be hard work but you need to remove the door card if you can do this without damaging it then this will save you some money if not then your going to need to get a new door card/panel.

Now if you take it to a garage they will not mess about taking the panel off they will just cut through it and charge you the labour plus the privce of new door card/panel.

sliding the seat forwards and backwards will help you get to some difficult screws. you may damage some screws if you can get to them but this is the only option you have

have a good look at the passenger side door card/panel to see the work involved, their maybe some hidden screws in the door handle that you pull to close the door so you may need thin screwdriver to remove any caps on it, also the handle you use to open the door from the inside you will need to hold this in open possition to get to the screw that holds this handle on.

have a good look at passenger side to know where the screws are holding the panel on

other than that their isnt much you can do, unless you have the tools to pop the lock from the outside.

try using google and type in how to get in my locked car without the keys this will then list loads of sites that tell you how to make tools to open the locks from the outside using a metal rod down the window, this wont work if the problem is down to mechanical failure.

BUT BEFORE YOU TRY ANYTHING TRY PUSHING ALL YOUR WEIGHT AGAINST THE DOOR FROM THE OUTSIDE AS IF YOUR TRYING TO PUSH IT CLOSED FURTHER THEN WHILST YOU STILL HAVE YOUR WEIGHT ON THE DOOR PULL THE HANDLE TO OPEN THE CAR THEN LET YOUR WEIGHT OFF THE DOOR AND PULL IT TO SEE IF IT OPENS sometimes if its not closed properly it can jam so push hard against the door as if your trying to close it further and keep the pressure on then get the handle and pull it in open possition then let your weight off the door and check if it opens doing this will sometimes get a jammed door open

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

Posted on Aug 18, 2010

  • 844 Answers

SOURCE: I have a 2000 chevy

your on the right path continue and relax they will open

Posted on Jan 10, 2011

  • 22246 Answers

SOURCE: My 2005 Kia Sedona passenger side front door will

only one way i know off and thats to remove the front seats so the door panel can be taken off .its difficult i know but not insurmountable

Posted on Feb 12, 2011

  • 155 Answers

SOURCE: rear drivers door lock latch

check where the latcches connect. you may need to move the one on the car in toward the front abit

Posted on Feb 26, 2011

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

I have a 96 geo prisim 1.6 ltr 3 speed automatic, and it won't shift till 35 and then at 65 mph very hard. What could be causing the problem and What can I do to fix the problem?

There are several things that could cause this. One you could fix is the throttle cable that goes to the transmission. Called the TV cable. If it is not connected to the throttle linkage, it will cause this problem.

Apr 03, 2016 | Geo Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

2005 malibu passengers door in closed position door will not open feels like dod is off how do you open door or remove door panel while door is closed

that's no fun removing one with the door closed.. Try everything first make sure key has door unlocked try to open from inside and outside. If not get a slim jim and try that to open door.. Taking door panel off with door closed is not good ..

Apr 06, 2014 | 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

1 Answer

Door open indicator stays on, drains battery

well thats easy , huh?
but the switch is closed , door closed.
so just short the door switch wire.

now you will exit veh, with keys in car, and sad days ,get worse.
same with head lamps left one. oops, no more warning.

Jan 23, 2013 | 1993 Geo Metro

1 Answer

1996 BMW 740 il the front passanger side door is closed, lock broke and don't know how to get panel off,

If you can't get the door open then you can't get the panel off its as simple as that, there are screws under the door card that need to be removed to gain access to the inner door workings, without getting the door open you would have to remove the wing to gain access to the hinge bolts & remove the whole door from the vehicle, then you may still have problems with the door having its mechanism locked around the door frames pin or loop

Sep 13, 2012 | BMW Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

97 Mercury Mountaineer driver side door won't open. Outside handle flops around; inside handle won't open door

Try a slim jim first, down the side of the window. Or AAA or locksmith. If no luck, remove the seat first. Find the screws and bolts around the door handle and arm rest. Most Ford's have screws around the outer side of the panel. I don't believe your's does. The panel lifts or pops off. Once the panel is off, you can reach down and open the door. Just a note. I have done some to where the panel came out in pieces.

Mar 14, 2012 | 1997 Mercury Mountaineer

1 Answer

Driver's door won't open inside or out. Power locks work but inside and outside handles dont release latch. Can I get door panel off in the closed position, otherwise any way to open door

Hey, You need to remove the panel otherwise u can't reattach the metal sticks that move the locks, but i think it's hard to remove it in a closed posision when u don't brake it

May 16, 2011 | Saturn Vue Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1991 geo prizm door does not open from inside.

Sounds like the door handle came off from inside. Open the door from the outside and remove the inner panel, you should be able to see where the door handle should connect to a small bar that opens the door. Reconnect the rod to the handle, there also should be some type of pin that keeps in in place, you may have to replace it or use a clamp.

Sep 17, 2009 | 1991 Geo Prizm

1 Answer

Door latch frozen open

My 2000 Sable does it evey winter - all 4 doors. I have found spraying WD 40 into the latch on the door works quickly to allow you to close the door.

Dec 23, 2008 | 2000 Mercury Sable

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

Related Topics:

36 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Geo Experts


Level 3 Expert

76846 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22246 Answers

Mike Gilbreath

Level 1 Expert

50 Answers

Are you a Geo Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides