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Drivers door lock tumbler is pushed in and loose in door frame.

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  • sweepeamags Oct 15, 2008

    i have this problem it falls out and now i cannot open my doors unless i roll the window down and open from outside, i have an 04 chevy aveo, i have had nothing but problems with it and i have had it to the dealer about 3 times for factory defects. I need something done.

  • mdhall92 Dec 27, 2008

    I have had the same problem. I took the door panel off and found that the screw that holds the lock tumbler in place has loosen and fell out. I put the screw back. About 6 months later it happen again. So this time I glued the screw in place. I hope I don't need to ever replace the tumbler!

  • joce_luz Dec 28, 2008

    a slim gem was used to pick the driver side doo lock and now the door knob does not work

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    My door lock fell in this morning too. 2005 Chevy Aveo, hatchback model. No signs of forced entry so not sure if this was an attempt to steal it or not but since this seems to be happening to quite a few people is there a way to let Chevy know so that it could be fixed for free? (I am female and 40 yrs old, don't see myself taking off the door panel to fix it. but I also don't see myself paying Chevy the $250 they want for the "2.5 hr job" )

  • elg004 Feb 13, 2009

    I have a 2005 Chevy Aveo, and I had the exact same problem with the lock. Now my driver's side door is in a perpetual state of lock. How do you unlock the door?

  • pssaz2mt Feb 16, 2009

    My tumbler fell in too, but I can at least lock and unlock from the inside. I thought my kid just got pushy with it as she does everything with gusto. Looks like it just happens. Very frustrating.

  • casey johnson Feb 27, 2009

    OH MY GOSH! This is so frustrating! 2 days after I bought my Aveo my drivers side lock fell in my door also!!! Someone please tell me how to fix it! If it's not the screw that fell out what do I do?

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There is only one screw that holds the key tumbler in. It is likley loosen out. Take the door panel off and use locktite on the screw.

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