Subfreezing weather. Slight difficulty opening the rear drivers side door. Now I cannot get rear driver side door closed. The exposed part of the latch on the door appears to be in the latched position.
Anchor bar on frame hits this part of the locking mechanism. The latching fork is in vertical position and blocks the the bar from seating in the home position. The"fork" swivels when I gently turn it with needle nose pliers, but it is spring loaded and returns to the closed position.
Have treated the door with de-icer and parked it in the sun. No help yet. Any suggestions for what I can do next.
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Hi John, If the latching mechanism is in the locked position, does it open when either of the handles are pulled? If it is not opening you may need clean and service the linkages and the latching mechanism or replace the latch. The locking mechanism inside the latch is is an off center sort of horse shoe shape. If it is closed you will see a bar which will be in an almost vertical position, and it should release when either of the door handles is operated. If it is failing to lock, (which I am suspecting), the latch will be at an angle of about fifty degrees. If that is the case, using a Philips (star screw driver) push the latch back to find out if it is latching. If it does, use either of the handles to release it again. If it fails to hold in the closed position, the linkages from the release handles may be fouled, damaged or disconnected. If everything is correct in those areas, the latch may need replacement. Check that first, let me know how you get on and if we need to go further and carry out a replacement, which will mean removing the door panel, and the mechanism let me know so we can go through it together. Regards John
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Won't open from outside? Won't open from inside? Equipped with power door locks? IF so, and won't open inside/outside, suspect stuck power door lock actuator. Sometimes working the lock/unlock button will make the door unlock. If not, the door will require disassembly from inside to determine what the failure may be. If the door needs disassembly while in the closed position, the paneling/clips may get damaged FYI
you may be experiencing electrical issues due to short circuiting or grounding issues where your wiring has been compromised due to damages. it is difficult to say where your problem is but i would check the places where any aftermarket items have been installed and where any areas have been affected in collisions.
If the door locks by using the door switch the fault is with the master control unit. So there is a link failure from the master control to the sub units in the door, it can be a break in the wiring harness in the door hinges as this remote trigger can be lost on the driver side and which goes parallel to the rear side.
remove the panel and check the lines, compare to the other side to find the missing line - open wire. You can loop or wire a new connection from the open section.
It sounds like a broken wire inside the weather boot between the door and the body. The wire is touching together and is making contact when the door is in the open position, and the wire is separating when the door is closed and then it is loosing the connection.
You will need to repair the wires inside the weather boot between the drivers side door and the body, and the wire should also be soldered to make the connection solid and long lasting.
I hope that this information is of any help to you, and feel free to ask for any further advice, or assistance with any procedures..
I had the same problem on my 1998 passat and the first thing i done is take off the drivers side controls for electric windows etc(first step to door card removal) and upon disconnecting the multisocket and putting it back on just to try before going ahead, everything worked again.My problem was N/S rear and O/S/F doors wont open/unlock and drivers front works with key but does not work central locking or window etc.Just a wipe with WD40 on a artist paintbrush to lube it and it was fine but i could see fine damp in the door(i live in Birmingham, U.K and it was snowing for a one month period) which i suspect was from the un-usual cold weather we had.I had lived in East Sussex prior so from warm to freezing was most likely the cause as the door lock froze and one door even flew open as the catch froze and the locked door appeared closed but just stuck closed, wd40 solved that also.Hope this helps.
You may have to inspect the wiring of the devices. If you say the contacts including those for the relay are ok, then the ground connection or exposed conductors may the the source of the problem. Water, vibration may cause failures for such cases.
Simply remove any exposed screws, and, using a tool from any automotive store (looks like a flattened out screwdriver with a slot on the end), and use it to pop the panel off. Remember to remove any wire connectors to the switches. Same for the rear. Installation in revers order......sounds harder than it is but it is really easy.
Take your time and take pics with a digital camera....too many pictures after each step is better than not enough!