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Driver,s door will not unlock. all other doors do.

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  • bigt91136 Aug 08, 2008

    my driver door will not un lock

  • psmokie1 Nov 05, 2008

    I have the same exact problem on my 2004 Optima, all doors unlock when you turn the key except the drivers door

  • lwood467 Dec 07, 2008

    Driver's door lock cycles when I try to unlock the door. Using the lock-unlock electric switch on the arm rest to unlock the door shows that the door lock is unlocked, however, when I try to open the door there seems to be no linkage attached to the door handle and the door cycles locked again along with all the other doors. Tried unlocking the door with the key and using the outside handle to open the door, again it does not unlatch and also wants to cycle all the locks to lock. I just had the door window replaced due to vandalism and quite possibly one of the electrical plugs isn't seated properly but I have to open the door to be able to check that

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    I have had a gradual problem that has gotten worse. At one time the driver's door would unlock after using the key or cycling the lock/unlock button on the door. Now the key doesn't work at all and I have to cycle the button on the dor maybe 10-20 times before it will unlock- the movement is there,but something doesn't catch? Key fob can unlock all the other doors and lock all the doors as normal? This must be a Kia Optima issue as mine is a 2004 Kia Optima EX V6!

  • LBRIMINGHAM Dec 28, 2008

    I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. MY DRIVER SIDE DOOR WILL NOT UNLOCK FROM THE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE. THE KEY WILL NOT OPEN IT AND I FEEL IT IS A SAFETY ISSUE. ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO FIX IT?

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    i have the exact same problem! sometimes it works, sometimes it won't. most of the time i have to get in and out of the passenger side and straddle the center piece between the bucket seats, and i've done that so much, now that is broken and cracked! my key is bent with all of the resistance of trying to unlock the driver's side door. i HATE my car. not to mention a million other problems with it over the past year...ie: headlights go out every 5 months on average, cruise control no longer works, my dome light flashes sometimes, my driver's side rear speaker no longer works, and the paint has been peeling off of my mirrors since i took it off the lot. people, do not buy kia! piece of ****. for real.

  • mikilee Jan 02, 2009

    Same thing here. Driver's door hasn't unlocked since Christmas Eve, very frustrating. I have tried removing the plastic around the door handle, that did not do anything for me. I have had no work done on the door or window so it is obviously just a flaw in the car. The driver's door quit unlocking and locking the other doors quite a while ago. So apparently it is something with the main control mechanism. Sure would be nice to be able to get it fixed though!

  • kala10 Jan 04, 2009

    I have the same issue with my '04 optima, I'm calling kia in the am, so many people have this same problem I am sure they are aware of this. My door would not unlock and I was stuck inside, I am 8 mths preggo so this is really dangerous & not cool, I cannot be crawling across the console to get in and out of the car.

  • katerz Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 05 kia optima. just happened. I'm calling kia in the morning.

  • joselito50 Feb 05, 2009

    Same problem with my 2002 kia Optima. Doors wont unlock with the key or with transmitter. My wife was lock in for a minute a couple days ago. I dont know WTF is wrong with the door. I have checked everything and nothing works. I will try the solution given in this website to see what happens.

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    I have a 04 kia optima and have the same problem.

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    Judy Absher Helbert Mar 15, 2015

    My Back door on drivers side will not open!

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I have this same problem but both my driver and passenger side doors are not stuck shut. I called Kia and they were not helpful AT ALL. They said they had not heard of this before which is a blantent lie. I then found out about the government agency that issues recalls and they have an online form that anyone can fill out to instigate a recall. Based on the number of posts that I have seen not only on this website but others I think it warrants a recall. This is a huge safety issue and they need to fix it. Please anyone having this problem file a claim, here is the website: www.safercar.gov.

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Sue

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We have a 04 Kia Optima what seems like the same problem, the drivers door worked fine unless it had been locked, once locked it wouldn't reopen for days. After fighting to reopen the door, I saw the striker (located in the door jam, u-shaped piece) had more wear than normal, I adjusted it up with a prybar and haven't had a single problem since then.

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I have an 03 optima, the auto door lock would snap shut from inside or out. Had to crawl my 230# *** through the passenger side. I stuck a wedge at the top of the door panel where the window slides with the window down to provide a little exta space to look into the door. With a metal rod, about 3 times the diameter of a coat hangar, I pushed/pulled around on the door linkage near the latch. I finally got it open, pushing seemed to work better than pulling. I was able to do this 3 or 4 times but can't really put my finger on the one part that makes it open. Just keep poking arouind and pulling the handle until it opens. Once you get the door open take the door panel off. There are a couple of hidden screws. 2 one the rear of the door covered by little round caps, pop those off. 1 in the door handle cup, under a little rubber piece and 1 at the door pull/lock cup under a cap. You want to replace the door latch assembly. It cost $68 from Kia. With the window rolled up, remove the latch assembly, disconnect attach rods and 3 screws on the door jam side of the door. I also removed the lock actuator, 2 nuts on the door panel side. Install in reverse order. It's a little tight but the whole process took less than 2 hours.
My old latch assembly looked fine, and thought it could be the lock actuator but after reading some blogs, it sounded more like the latch. I guess they kinda wear out and start to bind.

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This is a problem with the door latch itself,there are 2 parts in it that just miss each other when opening. As the drivers door is opened more than any other this one wears the fastest.
It wears to the point wear those 2 parts hit each other prventing you from opening the door.
The latch needs to be replaced.
It costs about 55.00 or 56.00 when last checked.
You will be asked for the first or last 6 didgits of your vin when you go to buy it.

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This is a solution but no one really knows what happened. The glass company that replaced the glass came over to the house and decided to see if he could open the door with a slim jim type tool. After trying that with no luck he took off the plastic trim behind the inside door handle(one screw and this trim will slide off), after doing that he used the handle to try and open the door seeing if any of the operating levers were disconnected or if there was any visible damage. The door opened with no problem and the electric locks did not cycle as before. We then took off the inner door panel and checked all the electrical plugs to make sure they were all seated and they were. I did take out the piece of styrofoam that is glued to the door panel as I really don't see a purpose for it. I realigned the window as it had a tight spot about midway up,reinstalled the door panel, checked the locks with both the pushbutton key and the door switch and, knock on wood, have had no more problems. The only thing we can see might have happened is the main electrical plug which controls the locks, windows, etc. might have been put in a bind when originally putting the door panel back on. Sorry I could not be more definitive on the problem solution but the door is working.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

  • jaimescool Aug 23, 2011

    Much like the countless complaints I've read, my 2005 KIA Optima LX has a default in the driver side AND NOW the passanger side doors. About a month ago my driver side door stopped opening. Sure I could hear the doors electronically unlocking.. but still could not open my driver side door from the inside or outside. Finding out this was going to run me about 300-400 dollars I waited to see if it was something I could fix... My friend and I removed both paanels after having to slim jim and push and pull the door open. We looked at both door insides and saw no difference and nothing that seemed to be broken, bent or unattached. Of coarse as I drove a way my locks locked again.. so I was back to climbing out my passanger side. As of yesterday my passanger side is now doing the same thing.. they say Im up to 500 now and nothing is covered by warranty. Im thinking, really!!?? This is the SECOND KIA I have purchased and have always loved my KIA's but this sucks! This is a huge safety issue! How many people have to be stuck in there car on fire or at the bottom of the river dying before KIA recalls this. Ive read several posts about people with kids or people that are "too big" to go climb over their car seats to safety! At this point the only way in and out of my car is now the back doors but for how long, who knows! What's next, squeeze through the glove box? Okay, okay so that's not realistic but ****! What the heck can we do about this?

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This is not really a solution, but I did have a similar problem after somebody broke my passenger side glass. I had the auto glass company out three times to fix this and the last time they got it. The repair guy said that a piece of glass had caused a pin in the latching mechanism to bend and he bent it back....fixing the problem. So taking a close look at the latching mechanism...you might be able to fix.

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moz-screenshot.jpgmy power lock on drivers side door wont unlock the key wont unlock it either how can i get the door unlocked

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SOURCE: 1997 Toyota Camry - When I try to unlock the door

you have to change your lock system in the driver side. it is gone.

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You have a bad Driver's door lock actuator.

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need an actuator for the driver door need more info go to collisionrepairadvice.com for how to do it yourself

Posted on Apr 11, 2009

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jimmy: it sounds like the drivers door unlock tamper switch or the other switch may have failed. One side can affect the other under certain circumstances. Your trunk lock also has a switch which arms and disarms the antitheft system. Try locking all the doors, make sure the hood and trunk lid are closed and then open the trunk. Leave it open open the drivers door and try to start the car.
If it's a no start. Disconnect the ground battery cable then put the ignition key in the run position in you ignition switch. Reconnect the battery and try to start the car. It should start. This usually will override the anti theft system. One issue with this will be, whether the antitheft system will remain disarmed.
Although I have never tried this before, I know that the system will not arm unless all the doors, trunk and the hood are closed.
I could suggest this to try if the car starts as I had told you pertaining to disconnecting the battery cable, I would take the switch and unbolt it from the passenger's side of the engine compartment just forward of the shock tower. Just let it sit somewhere so it doesn't get caught up in anything moving. If there is a light under the hood of your car, remove the bulb.
Let me know how you make out.

Posted on May 03, 2009

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this just happend to me a week ago.. I got locked in the car.. first my husband took out the fuse that make the auto lock work, then he took off the inside of the door panel inside the car because we could not open the drivers side door. He said the spring had broke and so the door could not unlatch itself he just bent the spring back.....now it works great

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