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How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch

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  1. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch, How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 1, image 1 of 2 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch, How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • On the car door that will not close, examine the door latch located near the handle on the side of the door.

    • The car door latch will be locked in a closed position.

  2. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 2, image 1 of 3 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 2, image 2 of 3 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Position a screwdriver between the legs of the locked door latch.

    • You may use any size screwdriver that will fit between the latch.

  3. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the exterior car door handle.

  4. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 4, image 1 of 2 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • While the exterior door handle is being pulled, push the screwdriver against the left leg of the latch.

  5. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 5, image 1 of 3 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 5, image 2 of 3 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Use the screwdriver to push the latch upwards into the final unlocked position.

  6. How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 6, image 1 of 2 How to Repair a Stuck Car Door Latch: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Close the car door to ensure the latch has been properly reset.

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Thanks a lot, you have saved me from one !&&* of a problem!

dee Knight - Reply

This helped me so much!! Thank you!!!

Jasmine Roman - Reply

Perfect. So simple. Excellent advice once again from iFixit. Thank you.

Bill Smith - Reply

Thank you so much! I figured it out because of this post!

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