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How to Replace an Exterior Car Door Handle
Exterior car door handles are used so much they can sometimes fail. Door handles need to be replaced if they come loose or stay locked.
How Long Does a Sliding Door Motor Assembly Last?
Today’s minivans offer a lot of new convenience features, from rear seats that fold into the floor itself to motorized sliding doors. They combine comfort, plentiful seating, lots of cargo room...
How to Safely Break Into Your Own Car
If you locked keys in your car you may need to break into your car to get them out. Use a coat hanger to or slim metal tool to open a locked car door.
How to Replace a Door Striker Plate
A door strike plate is a metal hook or bolt that keeps the door tightly shut. Once it's damaged or worn, the plate can jam or not hold as well.
How to Prevent Car Doors From Freezing Shut
Frozen car doors are a disaster if you're in a rush. Replace door gaskets, clean the door frame, and protect your door locks to fix frozen car doors.
How to Replace a Door Lock Switch
The door lock switch goes bad if pressing the button does not lock or unlock the door or the usual functionality fails to work.
How to Clean Dirt On a Door Panel
When cleaning the inside of your car, do not forget to clean the door panels, which helps give your car an extra sparkle. Cleaning a door panel is...
How to Replace Your Power Windows
Though some cars still come with manual windows, they are few and far between. Manual windows had few failures as there were not many moving parts. Electric windows, on...
How to Open a Frozen Shut Car Door
During the winter or on a particularly cold night, it is not uncommon to see your doors frozen shut. For the most part, the heat from the sun takes...
How to Lubricate Your Car's Hood Hinges
Hood hinges secure the hood in place and protect your engine bay. Over time, hinges begin to wear out which causes noise and hood misalignment.
How to Repair a Door Lock Actuator
The power door lock actuator can be integral to a car door lock repair. If a remote device or unlock switch fails, the actuator may be faulty.
How to Replace a Door Latch
A car lock involves the door lock assembly, which includes a car door latch. Replacing this is similar for both electronic and mechanical door locks.
What Does the Door Open Warning Light Mean?
If the door open warning light is on but you believe all your doors and trunk are closed, there may be a mechanical issue with a door switch.
How to Replace a Door Lock Cylinder
A cylinder lock ensures the proper function of your door locks, which help protect against car theft. Replacing this part takes time and know-how.
How to Open a Car Door With String
If you’ve locked your keys in your car, you’re familiar with that sinking feeling and the knot that forms in your stomach. You’re in for an...
How to Replace a Door Lock Relay
Electric door locks work via a door lock relay located near the brake pedal, behind the stereo, behind the passenger air bag, or under the hood.
How to Lubricate Doors
When a door hinge or detent rod becomes dry, they will squeak. You may see grease on the door hinge and believe it is well greased, but...
How to Replace a Car Door Panel
You may have that annoying rattle coming from your door as you drive, your window may no longer work,our door locks or handles may not function properly, or you may even have...
How to Take the Doors Off Your Jeep
Jeeps have been around since before WWII, and they’ve been modifiable since the very beginning. Because of their unique nature, Jeeps sit in a class all of their own: a coupe, a...
How to Replace an Interior Car Door Handle
The inside handles on car doors fail when the handles come loose or when the doors are either hard to open or will not open at all.

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I got a window that doesn't go up or down.
Hi there. If the wiring is hooked up to the window motor correctly, the window switch works, and there is power to the window motor, then check to see if there is power coming out of motor. If there is...
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Remove and replace driver's door lock actuator. I just removed door panel.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The door lock actuator will need to be unbolted/unscrewed from its position. It can then be unhooked from the lock's linkage, and unplugged. Once it has been removed, we will have to reverse the...
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Why is my inside door handle is loose in my 2000 Mercedes slk230
Hello. If the handle feels a little loose then there may be an issue with the handle bracket inside of the panel. I have seen these handles break there. If the interior and exterior door handles are acting up then...
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Dome light turns on and off by itself while vehicle is turned off.
Hi there. Check the courtesy light switches on the doors to the vehicle. It seems that one or more switch may have a bad ground or a bad contact in the switch causing the courtesy light to come on while...
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Cannot open the door honda pilot 2008
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several different reasons why the door might be hard to open. The first thing to consider is the linkage inside. It is held in place by clips that keep the linkage pulled...
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Door Won't Open from inside
The most likely answer is that the interior door handle has broken. The door handles are made of cheap plastic, and they have a small lever on the inside that pulls on a cable when you pull the latch. That...
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I can not close my drivers side sliding door.
Hi there. Check to see if the cable has fell into the track making the door not move. Use a pick or similar tool to take the cable out of the track if its jammed. If you need further assistance...
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right passenger door will not unlock, why?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Will the door unlock with the key, or manually from the inside? If not, then it may be having an issue with the locking mechanism. Accessing it manually is done from the inside of...
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How much it cost to replace passenger and rear door for volvo 2003 s80?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the passenger and rear doors to a 2003 Volvo S80.
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2003 Tacoma drivers side male door latch
The striker plate is adjustable to some extent. If you having difficulty with the internal locking mechanism within the door, try spraying an appropriate lubricant into the mechanism. If adjustment and lubrication does not resolve the issue, then yes the...
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How long will it take to fix a 97 chevy 1500 door latch?
Hi there. It can take anywhere from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the experience the person has on replacing the door latch. If the person replacing the door latch is not experienced, then give about...
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My Honda Civic 2006 doors are automatic but one of my doors will not open anymore but the power buttons work 2006 Honda Civic
Hi - the door latch itself may not be releasing properly, even though it sounds like the actuator is working correctly. This may be a simple issue such as needing grease, or may be a damaged or worn out door...
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Inside passenger takes several pulls before opening, what might be causing.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The door handle is linked to the door latch with some rods that must be kept in place for the interior handle to work correctly. When the plastic clips which hold the rods in...
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Dome lights will not turn on when door opened, radio will not turn off when car is off and door is opened.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the door switch which activates/shuts down both circuits. This is going to look like a peg in the door frame next to the hinge. The peg that...
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Doors auto-lock steps not working as the manual stated.
Hi there. To program your locks on your vehicle to the shifter, perform the following steps: Steps To Program the Door Locks Set the parking brake Be sure that all the doors are closed Place the ignition switch in...
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Scraped against a tree, car door only opens from the inside
You will need a door handle, but if the sheet metal around the door handle is bent, you might also need a bit of bodywork. If you're not particular about the appearance, you might be able to bend it straight...
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Driver side door will not open from the outside
You probably just need a new door handle. The business end of the door handle is made of plastic or cheap metal and eventually it breaks off inside the door. Most door handles can be replaced from outside the car...
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Alarm is going off. Is there any way to reset/bypass problem?
You will have to open the hood and disconnect the battery terminals to reset the computer. Before hooking up the battery cables, the vehicle will need to be locked as it was before the alarm was tripped. Then the alarm...
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How long does it take to replace the hinges?
The door hinge replacement takes about 2 to 3 hours to replace depending on who is performing the job and is they have a helper to hold the door up in place or not. If you need further assistance with...
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None of the windows on my 2005 300 will go down. How do I fix this?
Check the fuses in the fuse box on the inside of the cab. Look for the fuse to be burned on the window circuit. If the fuse is good, then remove the master cluster switch from the driver door and...

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