Question about 1995 Dodge Neon
We were locked out of the car with the keys inside, so we used a coat hanger through the driver door window to try and open it from the inside. We managed to do so eventually after several methods, including removing the rubber lining from where the door and window meet, and prying down into the inside of the door with the wire. (the method that finally worked was pulling on the door latch through the window and pulling the handle on the outside at the same time) However, we are now unable to use the lock with the key. The keys goes in and turns, but nothing happens. It works fine on the passenger side.
The lock seems to be disconnected from whatever mechanism unlatches the door. It is dark at the moment but we were able to see that when turning the key, a mechanism inside the door rotates, with a small joint swinging freely. The end of the joint has a notch that looks like it would fit a thin rod. I assume this is what needs to be connected. Is it possible to fix this on my own with minimal tools (ie: coat hanger) or will I need to take this to a mechanic and possibly pay beaucoup bucks?
Just to clarify, the door can be unlocked from the inside. It's only the keyhole that isn't working.
I think the lock has been dissembled from the Door lock board. You have to investigate it by opening the door.
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Straighten out the metal coat hanger and bend one end of the hanger into
a hook shape. Make the hook about one inch.
Place the end of the metal coat hanger with the hook on it between the
window and the frame. Place the hanger 1/2 an inch behind the door handle
toward the the edge of the door closest to the rear door.
Push the hanger down about two feet into the door frame. Pull up on the
hanger until you feel the hook catch onto the metal arm inside the door frame
that controls the lock. You may have to try a few times before the hook catches
the metal arm.
Pull up on the hanger once the hook has connected to the metal arm until
the door lock unlocks. The lock handle on the inside of the car will move once
you have connected the hook to the metal arm that controls the door lock.
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