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Door latch won't engage

Latch hits low on strike plate of door jam

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You have to kind of throw the bottom hinge. Loosen screws and place something thin like tripled up tin foil evenly under screws. it can be just between screws. make it even so you done actually throw the door. That(throwing) actually fixes something different.

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Check to see if door is sagging by lifting up on it at handle, if so take out one of the screws on top hinge and install a longer one. make sure the head of screw is big enough and at least 2 1/2 inches.

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How to fix or replace the lock dial.


Many door knob and lockset problems can be corrected before they become so serious that the lockset does not work at all. Often, a malfunctioning latch assembly or lock mechanism causes the problem. An improperly functioning latch may be the result of a poorly fitting door. The lock mechanism may not work simply because the lock is dirty or dry and needs to be lubricated with graphite (do not use any type of oil because this will gum-up the works).
For serious lock problems, it is usually best to call a locksmith or to replace the lock entirely. Most interior door knobs are relatively inexpensive to replace; it doesn't really pay to have these professionally repaired unless they are special. You can buy door knobs online.

©Don Vandervort, HomeTips
Cylindrical Lockset Diagram
Exterior latches and locksets, on the other hand, can be very pricey. If you need a pro to fix problems with a high-quality door knob or lockset, removing the hardware and taking it to a locksmith is usually far less expensive than having the come to you.
Door Latch Is Misaligned If a door latch does not operate smoothly, the latch bolt on the door may not be lined up properly with the strike plate on the doorjamb. Repairs range from making minor latch adjustments to repositioning the door.
If the latch does not catch, close the door slowly to watch how the latch bolt meets the strike plate. The bolt may be positioned above, below, or to one side of the strike plate. (Scars on the strike plate will show where it is misaligned.) It is also possible the door has shrunk and the latch no longer reaches the strike plate. Once you have figured out the problem, try one of the methods shown here.
For less than a 1/8-inch misalignment of the latch bolt and strike plate, file the inside edges of the plate to enlarge the opening.

If the latch does not reach the strike plate, shim out the plate, or add another strike plate. If the latch still will not reach, shim out the door's hinges. Replace the door with a wider one as a last resort.
For more than a 1/8-inch misalignment, remove the strike plate and extend the mortise higher or lower as necessary. Replace the plate, fill the gap at the top or bottom with wood putty, and refinish.
Doorknob Is Loose Doorknobs may become loose over time. Methods of tightening them depend upon the type of lockset. You can tighten a simple interior mortise lockset like the one shown at left as follows:
1) Loosen the setscrew on the knob's shank.
2) Hold the knob on the other side of the door, and turn the loose knob clockwise until it fits snugly. Then tighten the screw until you feel it resting against the flat side of the spindle. The knob should turn freely.
3) If this does not help, remove the knob and check the spindle; if the spindle is worn, it must be replaced. If the whole lockset is worn, it is best to replace it entirely.
Door Lock & Key Problems Door latches and locks are somewhat complex pieces of hardware with several working parts that can go wrong and cause them to be unworkable or balky. For helpful do-it-yourself repair techniques for fixing common lock and latch problems, please see How to Repair Door Locks.

Door Key Doesn't Work

If your door key doesn't work right, the first and most obvious step is to be sure you're using the right key. Once you get the door open, try the key again. If it works easily, the deadbolt isn't engaging the strike plate properly. If it doesn't work any easier, lubricate the lock with graphite. Then spray a little graphite onto the key and try it several times.
If the key turns but doesn't unlock the lock, disassemble the lock so that you can be sure the cam or tang is properly engaged with the bolt. Replace any broken parts and reassemble the lock.
Is the lock frozen? If the key won't go into the lock, ask yourself if the weather is cold enough for the lock to be frozen. If it is, you can heat the key and insert it gradually into the keyway. Repeat heating and inserting the key until the ice has melted. Or you can use a lock de-icer, as discussed below under Door Lock Works Slowly.
Is the key new? A new key that won't go in or work properly may have rough spots that need to be filed off. To find them, hold the key over a candle to blacken it with soot and then turn it very slightly in the lock and remove it. File down any shiny areas where the soot was removed by the rough spots.


Door Lock Works Slowly

Exterior locks can freeze, interior locks get dirty, and small internal parts eventually wear out or break. Before you buy a replacement lock, try some quick remedies:
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Aerosol lock de-icer thaws and lubricates a frozen lock.
Put some graphite into the keyhole, either by squeezing it from a tube or dusting it onto a key, and then operate the lock a few times to work the graphite into the mechanism.
Lock de-icers contain alcohol and other lubricants that help to dissolve gummy, dirty deposits. The last resort is to disassemble the lock to see if something has jammed or is broken-you may be able to set it straight or replace the part without buying a whole new lock.

Entire Lock Cylinder Turns

A cylinder turns when the setscrew(s) meant to hold it in place become loose or broken.
Mortise lockset: Remove the faceplate (if there is one) at the door's edge and locate the one or two cylinder setscrews. They should be in line with the center of the cylinder. Tighten the setscrew(s) by turning clockwise-be sure they engage the slot that runs along the edge of the cylinder (the key slot should be perfectly vertical). Replace the faceplate.
Surface-mounted rim lock: Unscrew and remove the cover, called a "case." Tighten the cylinder setscrews. Replace the case.

Lock Doesn't Latch Properly

When a door latch doesn't click into position, it usually means the latch and the strike plate are out of alignment. Tighten the hinge screws and then try adjusting the strike plate by loosening its screws and shifting it slightly.
©Don Vandervort, HomeTips
If door latch doesn't align, adjust the position of the strike plate.
When possible, it's easier to file the slot in the strike plate a little bit so that it will receive the latch. Shifting the strike plate's position usually involves mortising the jamb, filling part of the old mortise, and so forth. You can also solve misalignment by replacing the strike plate with an adjustable one.
A latch can stick for many reasons, most of which are easily fixed. Check that the hinge screws are tight. If the door is out of alignment, the latch will bind. Also check the knob and lock assembly for loose screws or misalignment. Finally, look closely at the strike on the door jamb-if it's blocked or out of adjustment, the latch won't run freely in and out.

Deadbolt Is Stuck

The chances are good that the bolt is having a hard time finding the throat in the strike plate. Be sure the strike plate is secure and in reasonable alignment with the bolt. You can file the edges of the strike plate a little, and even slightly round the edges of the deadbolt's end. If this doesn't work, you'll probably have to remove the strike plate, fill the screw holes with glue and wood matchsticks, reposition it properly, and rescrew it in.

Key Is Broken Off in Lock

Use needle-nose or long-nose pliers to extract a broken key.
Using pliers, try to grip and pull the key straight out. If you can't get a grip even with needle-nose pliers, cut off a coping saw blade and, with the teeth pointed outward, insert the blade into the keyway and try to hook and drag the key out. As a last resort, remove the cylinder. Insert a stiff wire into the cam slot at the back of the cylinder and push the key out. Or take the cylinder to a locksmith.
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Door won't lock


If your dishwasher door won't lock, it could be a problem with the latch adjustment or the door seal. Some latches are designed to be adjustable, and yours may be set too tightly. Look at the owner's manual for specific instructions or follow these basic steps for adjusting the latch:

1. Spray WD-40 or other lubricant onto the latch.
2. Slowly open and close the door several times, noticing whether the door hits the strike plate (the metal plate on the top of the dishwasher frame). Use a hammer to lightly tap the strike plate to move it as needed.
3. If possible, adjust the depth of your latch by unscrewing the latch assembly using a screwdriver and reseating it. Work with the adjustment until it latches correctly.
Note: If your latch is permanently fixed, have a qualified professional address the problem.

The door seal-also called a gasket-can also cause problems if you have a brand new dishwasher or door seal. The good news is that the door seal will mold to the door's shape over the first week or so. Operating your dishwasher with the highest level of heat will help this process happen more quickly. Because the material is pliable, and because heat will soften it, it will seal to the door more securely after those first few loads.

On the flip side, an old door seal can also keep your door from closing correctly. Check the seal for signs of warping or damage. If the seal needs replacing, arrange for service, or consider doing it yourself. In most models, it's a relatively easy DIY project. See Dishwasher gasket replacement for step-by-step instructions.

For more troubleshooting steps, see Dishwasher door repair. I hope this helps!

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Door dosnt latch closed


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My name is mike, thanks for directing your question to me. First of all Your latch needs to be replaced. If it is not working proper it also triggers that machine door is not closed so of course it wont start. Here is a site link that might help you some as well.

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The door on my machine won't shut?


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You will need to adjust the dishwasher door latch to fix the door if it will not close. The door latch can come out of alignment from use. Adjusting the latch assembly is a straight forward process on most models of dishwashers. First, remove the securing fasteners for the inner door panel. It is a good idea not to remove the inner door panel completely, just enough that you can access the door latch assembly.

Turn the dishwasher circuit breaker off inside your home electrical panel. Open and close the door and watch where the strike plate makes contact with the door. The strike plate is usually on the front top center of the dishwasher. If the strike plate is out of alignment, it will hit the inside of the door.

Pull the dishwasher out of the counter enough that you can access the strike plate securing Torx screw. You may need to open your dishwasher door and remove the two screws that secure the dishwasher mounting bracket to the bottom of the counter with a Phillips-head screwdriver to pull the dishwasher away from the counter.

Loosen the Torx screw that secures the strike plate to the washer tub with a Torx driver. Adjust the strike plate so the plate will engage the door latch. Retighten the Torx screw and push the dishwasher back under the counter. Secure the brackets to the counter if your dishwasher uses retaining brackets.

Adjust Door Latch

Open the dishwasher door and remove the Torx screws securing the inner door panel to the outer door panel with a Torx driver. The retaining screws are usually around the side edge and top edge of the dishwasher door.

Lift the inner door panel enough that you can loosen the two securing bolts on the door latch with a wrench. You only need to loosen the bolts, not remove them.

Carefully raise the dishwasher door to align the door latch with the strike plate. Hold the door latch with your finger tips when you align the latch. Lower the door and tighten the door latch securing bolts.

Install the inner door panel retaining screws and tighten all screws with the Torx driver. Close the dishwasher door and turn on the circuit breaker.

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HI,MY DISHWASHER DOOR HAS BECOME VERY STIFF TO OPEN ALTHOUGH IT CLOSES WITH NO PROBLEM. when I looked underneath the door grip handle, there's a little white thin skittle shaped pin .,......when I push...


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Open the dishwasher door and inspect the latch mechanism for obstructions or immovability.

Clean out the door latch with a stiff bristled brush, and apply lubricant. Open and close the door to see if it now latches shut.

Check the door latch and strike plate alignment. Close the dishwasher door slowly and observe the door latch meeting the strike plate. Determine whether the latch is striking the plate correctly. If not, use pliers to gently bend the latch to meet the strike plate.

Gently hammer the latch to better align with the strike plate. Hammer carefully so as not to break the latch or dislodge it from its attached point. Open and close the door to see if it now latches.

Realign the strike plate. Loosen the strike plate with a screwdriver and slightly move its positioning to better align with the door latch. Tighten the strike plate and open and close the door to see the results.

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1998 Plymouth Voyager drivers side sliding rear door will not open. I have removed the inner panel, checked the linkage and everything appears fine. I deduce that the rear latch mechanism is...


is the door latch mechanism moving and moving far enough to release the latch to open the door,you can`t remove the the striker plate from inside a panel as the bolts that hold the plate go in from the open side of the door jam,these do have a problem with the doors coming off the rails which mean that if this is the problem then the weight of the door will hinder the door from opening you may have to hit the door hard at the latch end of the door or even pry the door open at the same end to get the latch to pop open.the latch may even be seized or just jammed closed. good luck

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Door will not latch


There are a few ways you can fix this problem by trouble shooting a few things.....#1 If there is room inside the door opening, and your door still closes you can "SHIM" one of the hinges out. Top or bottom can be shimmed depending on where the latch for the door is hitting the Strike Plate. Close the door and watch where the latch is closing on the frame. If it is hitting above the Strike Plate then you can shim the Upper hinge, Shim bottom hinge if latch is hitting below Stike Plate. You can use anything Thin( as Thick as the hinge plate or thinner) a wooden shim, a piece of plastic, something to bring the honge out a bit. Unscrew the needed hinge from the wall and insert "SHIM" between hinge and wall and retighten screws. This may adjusting enough so the door will latch. You may also use this method sort of in reverse. Instead of shimming the hinge, you may be able to recess in deeper into the frame or the door, creating the same affect. You will need to remove the door and use a wood chisel to sink the hinge(s) deeper. #2 If that does not work you may have to relocate the strike plate up or down, creating a new area for the latch. Follow the same proceedure as solution #1 to see where the latch is hitting the strike plate. Remove and reposition the strike plate so the latch hits in the center of the hole in the strike plate. Mark the strike plate where the new postion needs to be and use a wood chisel to recess the strike plate in its new position. Than you can patch the old area with wood putty. I think #2 is the easiest, depending on how your wood work on the door framing is......I have used these tricks before, and I hope they can help you out......Joe

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Can't close back door without turning the knob


Try taking the knob out of the door and spraying the whole latching mechanism with WD40 or some kind of lubricant. There is a few moving parts in there that can get bound up. Hope this helps. Don't forget to leave feed back.

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