I cannot get the latching mechanism to work on my passenger side front door. I have cleaned it, lubed it, nothing works. If you look at the driver's side door, when you open it and then manually push the latching mechanism down, it clicks. However this is NOT happening with the passenger doors latching mechanism is moved down into the closed position, therefore, I think that the mechanism is the problem, but cannot be for certain....Help Please!! I cannot afford a new car at this time, so fixing it is my only solution, I just don't know if I can fix it or a shop needs to perform the repair. Need to keep repair costs to a minimum....thanks!
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lube the latch up... go to the passengers side and examine the latch... you could use a screwdriver and OPEN the latch on the drivers' door by pulling the door handle and prying the latch to the open possition... and try to close it ... repeate.
I am not a mechanic/car guy and I was able to fix what appears to be the same problem about 6 months ago. It took about 3 hours but I was taking my time and had zero experience. I needed a flat head screw driver (for prying the covers off) a set of torx bits and a socket set. Sorry I can't remember the sizes but I'd say it's about $40 dollars in tools. Plus I used a can of wd40 for cleaning, a can of cable lube plus a small tube of dielectric grease to re-lube the door mechanism. Mine was caused the same way; seatbelt in door and door forced shut. I was able to get the seatbelt out of the frame though. If yours is wedged shut my fix won't be the same. This is not a trivial job but doing it myself saved me about $725 based on the dealer estimate to fix. The dealer said the latch mechanism and all cables needed to be replaced plus a few hours labour. In my case the mechanism that latches the door was stuck between full close and full open. I had to pull the door panel off from the inside and trace the cable to the latch mechanism and give it a tug for the latch to disengage. It did not make sense to have to do this because you would think the door handles would pull the cable enough but in my case the lube in the cable sleeve and on the latch mechanism had degraded enough that the spring in the latch mechanism couldn't move. This is the root cause of the problem. I have the LTZ trim so I'm not sure your handles are the same on the inside but I had to remove torx screws in the handle in the middle of door plus I had to pry the plug around the lock out and around the door latch/lock button. The door panel itself will pry off with a little finesse and brute force. Be sure to use more finesse than brute force. It is handy to have the window down and a friend spotting for you so you don't break any of the numerous clips or plugs. Once the panel is free you will have to disconnect the electrical harness and undo some of the sealant holding the insulation. There are also a few linkages between the handles and lock that you may need to disconnect to get your arm in there. If you made it this far and were able to open the door I'd say you are pretty handy so you may as well go the few steps further and remove the latch mechanism and clean it real good. There are two blots near the latch of the outside of the door that hold it in place. Mine had some minor corrosion and a ton of dirt. I removed the big stuff then put it in a small coffee can and went to town with the wd40. Take your time so the lube has time to penetrate. Once the latch is snapping back with little effort grease it up. and reinstall. Hope this helps ya out.
The door sensor is inside the latch it probably got wet this happen to my 07 aura take a clean spay bottle full of rubbing alcohol and spay it into the latch soak the intire latch very well by the next day it should have evaporated all the water it fixed mine hope this helps
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
needs door lock actuators... and all the door latches need cleaned and lubed... spray brake cleaner on latch let dry then spray some wd-40 or equialant on latch... it may need latches too but usually cleaning them will fix them
If my research is correct, I did find that the decklid latch mechanism is released by a cable. The cable probably has stuck in the cable sheath, due to years of neglect, (Failure to periodically lube the cable. Hint/hint)
You need to manually release the decklid mechanism. Now bear with me, as again, my 'Vette's are older, ('70 and '76), and their seats tilt forward.
If you can tilt the passenger seat forward, perhaps you can get in there and lube this cable through it's sheath. (Use penetrating oil at first. I would then remove the cable, and clean it, then lube it, after getting the decklid open. Lube? White Lithium in a spray can)
Then try to pull the latch mechanism in the direction the cable would pull it, to release it. (The cable may be broken?)
Yes! Whoever does this feat of magic, of getting to that decklid mechanism, will look like a contortionist! Hit the jacuzzi afterwards! lol!
Your door latch assembly may be compromised. It could be rusted, the electric solenoid (if it has one) may be seized. Or the rods from the key are bent. Are you using th key in this door regularly? If not, the tumblers in the lock may be seized. Spray some WD-40 in the lock where the key goes, and jam the key in & out repeatedly, and retry. Remove the door panel & spray the interior of the latch, also. Hope this works for you; or, you are going to need new latches.