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Why doesn't my door open from the outside?
To determine what exactly has failed, it will be necessary to remove the inner door panel and look to see what part(s) have actually failed. The most common failures, when an outer door handle quits working, is a broken door...
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After installing sub system, all of the doors have no power, lights or window power but they still lock. The stereo has lights but no sound.
Hi there. Back track all of the wiring from when the Amp was installed. Disconnect the Amp first to activate the windows and roll them up. Check to see where the wires were tapped into. The ground wire should have...
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Interior driver's side door latch is broken
Hello, thanks for writing in. In order to give you a proper information you will need to supply the vehicle year, make, and model to us. Otherwise we cannot give you a procedure or quote. Feel free to resubmit another...
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Doors switch
Hello - if the doors will lock from outside using the key, the actuators are fine, the problem is with the inside switches. Check door locking/unlocking at each door switch, versus lock/unlock ability at the master switch at the driver...
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My trunk door is extremely heavy and will no longer stay suspended up in the air as it used to. What do I need to fix?
Your rear door is supported by two gas charged suspension struts one on each side that will loose their pressure over time. The two struts normally support and help lift the door for you then hold it open until you...
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Drivers side inner door
Hi there. The inner door panel on the driver's door being loose, may have created all the problems you have described. The inner door handle may be disconnected or broken. There may be poor connection at driver's master window switch...
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The power door locks don't lock, either by the door switch or the key fob
It sounds like your remote may have lost synchronization. Most door lock systems use a "rolling code" where the digital code for the remote changes each time it is activated.The code for the controller changes along with it so they...
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Keep having to repeat the passlock sequence
Hello. This sounds like the Passlock "reader", a Hall-effect electrical pickup that is located in the ignition key tumbler area, is a bit weak, and may not be reading the key consistently. If you have a 2nd or 3rd key...
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My driver side door lock only works intermittently
Hi there. There should a rod connecting the door lock cylinder to the lock assembly that is held in place with a plastic clip. These clips do become brittle over time and can break easily, whether by using a slim...
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The power locks are not working on three of the doors
As unlikely as it may be, you could have three failed door motors; it has happened to me in the past. However, fuses, relays, a master switch, or the BCM could also be at fault. Check all fuses/relays and replace...
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The passenger door is stuck shut. It won't open from the inside or the outside.
You are probably correct that it is not fully unlatching. The Mini door lock actuators (part electric, part mechanical) have what is essentially a two-stage lock, and can become "double-locked". Sometimes, exercising the "unlock/lock/unlock" cycle multiple times will yield just...
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My door does not lock or unlock. Would I need to replace a fuse or buy a new key?
I believe the door lock actuator has failed, not a fuse or key. BMW door lock actuators (part electric, part mechanical) have what is essentially a two-stage lock, and can fail and become "double-locked". Sometimes, exercising the "unlock/lock/unlock" cycle multiple...
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,The doors lock and unlocks all the time. I thought it is a relay. Can anyone tell me if that's the case?
Hi there. There could be a short with the door actuator or a loose wire on the door switch causing the doors to lock and unlock as the vehicle goes over bumps during driving conditions. Check the door switch and...
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The door latch mechanism seems to be broken and will not allow the door to open. How do I open the door to replace it?
Hi! You can access the lock mechanism by removing the inner door panel. This should allow you to open the door. This may be difficult to do! If you are looking for some extra help, a certified technician from YourMechanic...
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How do I open a driver's side door when the closing latch is broken?
If the latch itself, the one bolted to the inside of the door, will not grab the hook on the car body, then the latching mechanism may be the part that needs to be replaced. Sometimes dirt and grime can...
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i want to know if door handles from a 1997 Pontiac grand prix would work for a 1996 Pontiac grand prix
Hi there. The door handles will work as long as the door handles themselves are the same in design and the doors are the same type. Most of the General Motors vehicles did not change much in design on the...
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Power door lock diagnosis
Hi there. The driver door has a door lock release solenoid that operates the latch. This solenoid is attached to the door lock latch. The plastic clip that you removed was for the return of the door lock. I recommend...
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Lost car remote
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Yes you can get another remote and program it to match your vehicle, but make sure that the remote is programmed to the VIN of the vehicle if you tend to get it from...
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Driver door won't open from inside or outside.
Hello. If the door will not open, then the issue may be the latch, but it may also be the linkage that connects the handles to the latch. You will need to access the inside of the door panel to...
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Car door alarm sensors keep going off while car is on, because of that I can't even lock my doors when it's off.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. What seem to happen is a door sensor / switch has failed. Turn on the dome light to door and shut all of the doors. See if the light dims after shutting all...

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