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Electronic locks/ stuck door

My 2004 Kia Optima for about two weeks has been possessed! When I unlock the door with the key the automatic locks kick in and lock the door back. Today I unlocked my car (no problem this time) and then my door would not shut, so my son and I finally got it to shut and now it will not open!!! HELP!!!!!!!!! Lynn

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  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2008

    only difference is ours is a 2005. We had two KIA's and both have had major problems. I dont know if just the way they are made or what. But for the price why not get a honda at least they are reliable!!!



  • MamaRee Jul 23, 2008

    2004 Kia Optima. Passengers side Door would not open from inside or outside, even with the key. Had to climb into passengers seat through window (for those young and agile enough to do so) or crawl to passengers seat from the drivers side. when the door lock finally released, on its own, one day. We had to wedge the locking switch open from the inside, then none of the doors could be locked. Months later, all doors began to lock on their own when the door was opened to exit the car. The only way to keep from being locked out for good was ... I had to roll down the window, before I exited the car. That way, to get back in I could simultaneously unlock and open the door from the inside. 50/50 on the door locking on its own or staying unlocked. To be on the safe side I always roll the window down.



    What is the solution? Any ideas?

  • caninemom19 Jul 30, 2008

    I thought I was the only one with a possessed car. About three weeks ago, I went to unlock my driver door of thecar and it mysteriously locked itself as soon as I turned the key. Thought it was odd, but when I tried it again, it did the same thing. Now, if I even put the key in there or not, I can hear the motor click. It stopped for a few days and with some prying I could finally get the door to open with the key. well, just the other day I went to pull on the door handle on the passenger door which had been unlocked manually and it locked itself.. bad part was I had the key in the ignition with the car running. :-( Had to McGuyver it in 100% weather no doubt. Now I just have to climb over the passenger side seat every time I need to go somewhere. Getting really old. I tried unhooking the battery and removing fuses.. no luck! This is getting really old.

  • dacyda Aug 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem. I also have a 2004 Kia Optima. The door worked fine early in the day, but later on, when went to unlock the door, the door was hard to unlock and when able to unlock, when pulled on the handle to open the door, it automatically locked back. Please help with a solution. I am too old to be climbing over the passenger seat. My son has been playing the Dukes of Hazzard. : )

  • kaheller5554 Sep 09, 2008

    Our 2004 KIA Optima is doing the same thing. We can't open the driver side door from the inside or the outside. My husband has to climb in thru the passenger side. The bad thing is that he can't get the door panel off to fix it (all of the screws are on the side of the door). We don't know what to do. The machanic said that we will have to break the inside paneling...that will cost of around $500 to repair and replace then. We don't have that kind of money. We don't know what to do. Any other ideas?

  • Rainbo Joe Nov 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. I believe it is a great inconvenience and hazard. The cause/solutions that I see listed are as follows:

    replace lock solenoid

    replace lock actuator

    replace whole lock

    Am I correct in assuming that if I was to have the whole lock replaced that it should resolve the problem no matter which one of the problems it is?









  • boxboy155 Mar 15, 2009

    i try and unlock my doors and if they unlock its only for a second and they lock again. sometimes they dont even unlock all the way.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    it is only the drivers door

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Automatic door locks doors won't open

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DON'T LET THEM BREAK YOUR DOOR PANEL!!!!!

For those of you whose door is shut and you cannot open it, here is the trick that the Kia mechanic taught us: Insert the key into the door lock. In one quick motion, simultaneously turn the key to the unlock position AND pull the handle. It took us several attempts to finally get it to work.

Once the door is open, the check the diagnosis and repair instructions below.


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A couple months ago, our 2004 Kia Optima started exhibiting the same symptoms you describe: Door lock mechanism feels jammed, actuators automatically relock, etc.

We took the car to the local Kia dealership where we had purchased the car new, and the shop told us that it was a faulty door lock actuator. The mechanic did not open the door, but said that this was a common problem. They estimated $200 plus labor to repair.

This weekend, I decided to open the door and look for myself. What I found is that the actuator was fine. The fault was with the latch mechanism, called "door checker" in the Kia service manual. Not the lock... the latch; the actual part that latches onto the striker when the door is closed.

Here is my walk-through of the diagnosis and repair:

To determine the fault, I first removed the door panel. Remove 1 screw in the grab handle pocket, 1 behind the door open lever, and 2 screws at the forward edge, the bottom edge, and the rear edge. Remove the small window-corner speaker if equipped. Then lift off the door panel. Don't lift too far, there are wires to disconnect.

Once the door panel was removed, I removed the exterior door handle. Two bolts on the inside of the door secure it. Use 10mm socket to remove them. Then remove the connecting linkages by flipping the plastic catches on each to the side. This should allow you to pop the linkage from the socket. The heavy linkage is a little harder, as it has a locking groove. You may need a jewelers screwdriver or dental picks to open the plastic socket a little. Be very careful not to get forceful or you risk breaking the plastic catch. The actual lock mechanism turns 1/8 turn and slides out of the handle assembly. Set the handle aside.

Now disconnect the linkage from the actuator, again by flipping the plastic catch to one side and slipping the linkage from the socket.

Finally, disconnect the linkage that goes to the interior lock above the door-open handle.

With these linkages disconnected and the door handle out, remove the plastic cover on the latch mechanism. You should now be able to peer in and work the lock and opening levers independently and find the fault.

On my particular latch, the plastic bits (yes, they used plastic) had worn and become loose. This allowed the rotating part of the latch to rotate too far, which in turn caused a bind when you try to unlock the mechanism. The security system senses that the latch is not properly unlocked, causing the actuator to immediately engage and relock the doors.

If you confirm that this is your problem, then remove the three screws that hold the mechanism in place and replace the mechanism. I obtained mine from a salvage yard for $30.

Total time to diagnose and repair was about 3 hours - but you now will have an advantage in knowing what you're looking for!

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This is actually in reply to ebgb. that first tip worked!!!! my stepdad had taken apart the door and couldn't get it, but i looked on here, tried that once and boom, opened. awesome, thank you!!!!

the tip is to turn the key to unlock as you are pulling the handle to open it :)

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Our 2004 KIA Optima is doing the same thing. We can't open the driver side door from the inside or the outside. My husband has to climb in thru the passenger side. The bad thing is that he can't get the door panel off to fix it (all of the screws are on the side of the door). We don't know what to do. The machanic said that we will have to break the inside paneling...that will cost of around $500 to repair and replace then. We don't have that kind of money. We don't know what to do. Any other ideas?

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  • regalelm Aug 25, 2011

    Disconnect the positive on the battery, wait one min. and connect the battery and wait another min. This will reboot the cars computer and you will be able to unlock the door for about 2 or 3.

    We need to bad together and make Kia responsible for the many years they are ripping the American customer off!. A human being can lose their live in a accident, while they have been making them self rich for many years. Rigo: regalelm@ excite,com

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I have a 2004 kia optima that did the same thing and finally the driver side door would not open. My solution I had a body shop replace the door lock and have had no problem since.

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I read about someone who solved this problem by taking the door panel off and replacing a $30 part. Here is the link
http://www.kia-forums.com/kia-magentis-optima-forum/47179-2004-optima-door-lock-fault.html
What we ended up doing was locking all the doors except the driver's door. Never had a problem with someone breaking in so far. The only drawback was that my wife recently walked into a bank with the4 car unlocked and some good samaritan came along and locked all the doors. Now, I can't get the driver's door unlocked again. Used to be able to by pulling the door lever (oursie) halfway out and turning the key. Works sometimes but not lately.

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I have the 03 Kia Optima and its stuck also but have to say the turn the key/pull the handle worked for me.... will do it as long as I can till it don't work no more..... Then maybe I'll find someone to pull off the door for me... :) Thanks!

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Your door latching mechanism is loose or defective. or maybe Christines' deendent. Spookuy huh?

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