Hi, I can't get the front passenger door on my 97 Rav4 open - the key just won;t unlock it. We removed the cover on the inside handle and lubed everything - still no go. The driver door recently quit as week, but we managed to get it open. No luck with the passenger side. Any idea why the locks are suddenly acting up, how do we get the jammed door open, and how do we prevent recurrence of these problems?
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Re: passenger door lock jammed
Your door latch assembly may be compromised. It could be rusted, the electric solenoid (if it has one) may be seized. Or the rods from the key are bent. Are you using th key in this door regularly? If not, the tumblers in the lock may be seized. Spray some WD-40 in the lock where the key goes, and jam the key in & out repeatedly, and retry. Remove the door panel & spray the interior of the latch, also. Hope this works for you; or, you are going to need new latches.
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I am guessing this car is still under warranty, yes? The part is a cheap plastic thing in the middle of the door assembly that has either broken or has come disconnected. The dealer should not have a problem replacing this for free under warranty. If it's an issue, just demand the door lock kit.
These can be a nightmare!
Try pushing / pulling all cables and rods available. And key operation if connected.
If there is a solenoid to operate it, remove the connector and use a meter to find the motor wires. Cautiously apply 12v from a handdrill battery - first one way - then the other to see if the drive motor will unlock it.
As a last resort - Drill a 1/4" hole in the lock body - and use that as a pilot hole for a 20mm holesaw - destroy the lock mechanism to gain entry - the lock was beyond repair anyway - so needed replacement - Just don't damage other components if possible.
Most likely is a fuse. There is a fuse box at the end of the right side of the dash. Open front passenger door and there is a cover that says fuses on the end of dash. There is also a fuse box located under the hood at the right front of engine compartment. It should have a cover with a round knob in the middle of it .Unscrew the knob to remove cover.