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Driver Side Door won't latch/Shut - 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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  • Brandon Undeberg May 11, 2010

    THis happens a lot, kids, purse straps, etc can get into the door mechanism and flip the catch in the door. Open the door and look about half way down. You're looking for the part that catches on the post on the door frame. If there is a piece of metal blocking this opening off, (it should look like a letter "c") then you'll have to pull up on the latch like you're opening the door and manually flip the piece of metal pack up. It won't go unless you're holding the latch up. You're probably going to get a little dirty so be prepared to wash your hands when you're done.



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This happens a lot, kids, purse straps etc get caught in the door and accidentally trigger the latch. Open the door and look about half way down the side of it. There should be an opening there that looks like a notch is cut out. If there is a little bar of metal blocking that off you'll have to move it by hand.

Start by pulling up on the door handle like you're going to open it. Keep it held in that position and use your finger to push that bar of metal back up. You can then release the handle and the door should shut just like it used to. You're probably going to get a little grease on your hand so be prepared to wash them when you're done.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009


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The reason it gets stuck up is that it's as if you shut the door, so it naturally wouldn't just go back down when you push on it. If it did that would mean your door would fly open and wouldn't stay latched shut when you drive. All you have to do is pull up on the outside handle while pushing down on the latch to simulate exactly what you do when you open the door and it'll go down easily

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