Question about 2004 Kia Optima
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
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.
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!
Posted on Sep 16, 2008
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 :)
Posted on May 15, 2009
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?
Posted on Sep 09, 2008
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.
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
I read about someone who solved this problem by taking the door panel off and replacing a $30 part. Here is the link
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.
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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