Why Can’t I Open My Car Door?

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A car door that doesn’t open is a nightmare scenario for every motorists. If it happens it’s extremely annoying and stressful, as you can’t get in or out the car. Problems with doors not opening are usually down to lock problems. They can be the cause of mechanical or electrical faults. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a latch that is stuck. Other times it can be a bit more difficult to diagnose what the problem is.

Why Does My Car Door Not Open?

Inside the door there are many components that work together to lock and unlock the door. Parts used by car manufacturers vary but usually there’s a lock assembly with a latch and a lock barrel. The lock barrel is the part that you put your key in on the outside of the car.

Often it’s the lock barrel that fails as it is exposed to the elements, and suffers wear each time you use your key. Inserting the key will be hard when it’s faulty, turning the key will be even more difficult. Even wriggling it inside the barrel will probably not do anything.

If you can’t open the door from the inside then issues with the door handle cables or rods are likely. In most cases the door handle will feel loose, and it will seem as if nothing inside the door is moving.

Diagnosing A Door Lock Problem

Door lock problems can be very tricky to diagnose if it is not entirely clear what parts are fitted to the car. That’s why it’s always advisable to get help from a mechanic or a locksmith. They will be able to use their experience to unlock the door and help resolve the underlying problem. A quick solution will be found, and further damage can be avoided that way.

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

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