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My wifes car, passenger side door will not latch shut. She had to use shoe string to hold close to get home lol...

The car is electric and luxury everything. Although sometimes the computer has its own mind. The passenger side door will not latch shut. I sprayed with PB penetrating and using my screw driver, moved latch but it will not lock. It is inline and make the bar connection but latch will not lock. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks

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It appears that the latch mechanism is broken. Consider replacing the mechanism.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

Testimonial: "I appreciate that Bill. We have never had a problem before except that the computer says door adjar sometimes and we would just reset because the doors "seemed" fine. You think that could have been a precursor to the door latch not working? So all I do is open up door and replace the mechanisim you think?"

  • Bill Boyd Dec 12, 2014

    your comment about the door and computer reading is relevant asit may be electrical in that it is not allowing the latch mechanism to work. ( possible broken spring or adjustment) however you will have to remove the door panelling to get to the mechanism to see exactly what the fault is.

  • charles
    charles Dec 12, 2014

    very helpful Bill, I truely appreciate your input bro!

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