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If a car door suddenly will not close, it may be due to a stuck car door latch. Sometimes a latch may become stuck if someone accidentally knocked it into a locked position while the door was open. On many newer cars, simply pulling the interior or exterior door handle may reset the latch, but in cases where that is not enough, this guide will describe how to manually reset the latch.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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4 Comments

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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