I also can't manually pull up on the lock cap that comes out of the door, if that makes sense. I took off the door panel, wires look good, rod's look good, from my amateur opinion, but the lock will not unlock with key fob or door switch. I have to go through the driver back door to reach in and open driver front door from inside. If I use key to get in, I have to almost break the key to get the lockrod to come up enough to open the door. However, lock stays locked. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, again!!!
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Hmm...it would sort of make sense given that everything else seems to work in relation to the gate and locks, except that...the manual seems pretty clear that hitting the switch should, if nothing else, get me the "LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT IS OPEN" message on the instrument panel...I'll have to pull out the owner's manual again.
first you need to order a new handle and trim ring, 2 separate pieces. beige or grey are your only choices. www.tnaautoparts.com cheapest and only one i found that caries beige. i did both front doors for 25 dollars total including shipping. Remove door panel, 2 screws under round plastic caps that pry out and off, 2 screws at bottom, 2 lg screws in middle handle, 1 plastic retainer in side that prys out, 1 screw under square cap in the center of the trim ring. remove black plastic triangle shaped piece near the mirror, prys off easy. grab door panel and pull out then lift up. leave wires attached and let panel hang loose. remove screw from old door handle. remove linkage from handle and from lock. connect linkages to new handle and lock (look carefully at the old one before you remove the linkages) , install the last screw you removed to hold lock in place while you check to if everything works. when i finished mine neither door would open from the inside. i had to take pliers and slightly bend the linkage at the elbo's to shorten the travel distance. check this before you put everything back together by just putting the door panel back in place down fist then in, window down, close door, reach in and open door, if it doesn't open bend linkage and try again. when you are sure everything is ok install all screws except the one that was under the square plastic cap in the trim ring. to install trim ring look for notch on back side toward front of ring, push ring in notch end fist, back end slightly out, when the front end is in and seated push the back end straight in. install screw and push cap in. this job is not as hard as it sounds and will make sense when have the panel off and can see.
Hey there, I have the same problem, for me it was the metal ball at the end of the cable, on the inside of the door, was broken off. To me it seems it needs to have that cable or the clip attaching the cable replace. I took off the door panel and used a mirror to peer inside. You'll have to unscrew a plastic black cover which hides the cables near the mechanism. Hope this helps
Have 2003 Kia Rio 1.6, door shut, locking pin springs back down, I followed rfbqwerty istructions to the Penny and it worked in about 20 minutes I was able to open the door. The restst is a POC, thanks a million!!!
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03-28-2006, 06:22 AM Easy
method to open a stuck Kia Rio door. Full credit to 'fastkia' for explaining
how to open a stuck lock but after opening my lock by his method I found an
easier way to do the job. You need a piece of straight wire (clothes hanger is
good) and make a 3/4 inch square bend on one end. Wind down the window &
push a tapered (plastic) wedge between the glass and the inside rubber to get a
gap to work through. Poke the wire down beside the glass and pull up on the
lever that is operated by the outside door
handle. This is not the wire from the door handle but
is the lever the wire connects to in the lock. While the lever is held up by
your hook you can now pull up the locking button. Remove the wire from the door
and everything works and it can be opened and closed as often as you like but
don't press the button or use the key
lock or it will be stuck again. The lever is normally held up by a small spring
that has a sharp bend at one end and the spring will ALWAYS break at this bend.
I used the same spring with a 'new' loop made from a section of paper clip to
replace the old loop. Better than the original. No cost and it took less than
just pop out the triangle piece from the top at the top front of the door panel with a flat head screwdriver. Then simply pop out the door lock cover from the aft side and the door handle cover from the aft side as well. Then pop up your cap containing the auto door locks and windows and disconnect the cannon plugs. Then just remove 2 screws (1 from under the door lock/window cap and one just insde the door handle itself. You'll then life up and towards you to remove the panel. Don't pull it too far out because you'll still need to disconnect the speaker cannon plug and pull out the door open light at the bottom aft of the panel. You can then set the door panel off to the side.
The outside door handle spring is broke ,or the latch spring is broke. The only way to tell is remove the door panel and inspect the rod from the handle to latch. Look for broken spring on handle. I have installed an external spring from the handle rod to latch to keep the rod in the full up position.
When you use your remote or insert your key in the Drivers Front door all the door locks should work at the same time by the door lock motors electrically. If you have to manually unlock the door because it will not lock or unlock by the lock motor, you need a door lock motor. The drivers and passengers front doors can unlocked with the key manually only. The rear doors you have to pull up the latch. If NONE of doors unlock electrically with the remote or drivers door lock, intermittently or all the time, you will need a Central Locking Electronic Control Module. Pressing the remote button you will hear the "beep", but no door locks will fire at all. If you have a few odd door locks not working intermittently or not at all, you will need a new door lock motor for each door lock that malfunctions. You can hear if the door locks are working electrically. Yes, they are common problem. If you can hear the door lock motor working but the door still doesn't unlock you need to take the door panel off and lubricate the door latch assembly and work the lock, loosening it up. This is common as well. Sometimes a bad door lock motor can blow the central locking fuse. You will notice it because it will take a second or two longer to lock and unlock compared to the others. If the door lock motors seem fine, install a the next step up in amperage fuse. (From 15 AMP to a 20 AMP)