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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 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.
How to Open Your Car Hood
To open your car hood, find the lever inside the passenger cabin and pull it. Find the hood release latch in the grille to open it all the way.
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'm trying to replace my right mirror on my 1999 Pontiac firebird but I can't take off the door panel
Removing the door panel requires a set of broad flat bladed clip tools (screw drivers are too narrow and will crack the plastic). In the Factory Service Manual, there is an illustration showing where all the clips are located so...
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2004 saab 9-3 linear . glass mirror plate fell off of the passenger side
To request an exact repair quote please click on "Get a Quote" at YourMechanic's door mirror replacement service page. If you desire to attempt the repair yourself, and your existing mirror is not re-usable (that is the glass cannot be...
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My door wont open inside and out
Hello, thank you for writing in. The airbag and the door latch issue are very likely two separate issues. Concerning the handle, you need to focus on the latch mechanism itself. Both inside and outside handles have their own connections...
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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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both back doors wont open
Hello, thank you for writing in. Due to the fact both doors are having this issue suddenly, it is likely an electrical issue. The doors are likely locked, either due to the child-safety lock or the standard lock you have...
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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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Door ajar warning and globe light stays on when all doors are shut and car is running 2003 Ford Explorer
This vehicle has a computer system to scan to get the door data to show what door is showing open. Any one of the doors may be causing the issue. The most common is the drivers door ajar switch since...
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What is a cost estimate for the following; Your inside door handle plastic door rod clip broke and you will need to have the door
The rod clip can be replaced for an hours labor and parts. I do not have price for clip but should be less than $5. The hour of labor will be determined for your location. you can contact customer service...
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2012 explorer liftgate ajar on when it is closed
The rear door has two different door or window ajar switches is you have separate window that opens. The wiper will not operate when the door shows open for safety. Open and make sure window is closed secure and then...
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i have a 2007 Saturn Ion and the back doors wont open from the inside. I have checked the child locks and they are off. What else
If the child safety locks are not engaged then there is a problem with inside handle or latch is bad. You will need to take door panel off and see if inside handle cable is broke or disconnected from latch....
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driver side power lock doesnt work.
Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons you may be having these issues with the locks. However, without knowing what model of Chevy you are driving it is difficult to know what exact components you are working with....
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The handle on the exterior of my car has snapped off. If I replace to handle will I need to swap over the lock barrel?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the model and year of the vehicle, it is difficult to tell what kind of replacement parts you have as true options. With that said, you are likely going to be able...
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My radio all of a sudden don't come on at all and power doors won't lock. My power windows works and the lights are still working.
Check all of the wiring in the dashboard and see if anything is loose or detached. If the wiring to the radio and to the doors are connected and tight, the the body controller has failed and needs replaced. If...
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Power door modulator vs. door actuator 2012 Porsche Cayenne
Hi there - the Porsche dealer parts diagrams actually list a "door lock" mechanism, and a "driving mechanism" for the door lock. I would take my old receipt (which should have part numbers as well as description) with me, and...
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The front passenger door will not unlock or open. How can I fix this? What part do I need? 2002 Ford Escape
Hi there - this sounds like the door lock actuator has failed. This a common failure over the years, especially with high-use doors like the front ones. I recommend a car door lock actuator replacement performed by a mobile, professional...
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After I got a passenger window installed by Safelite all my doors and trunk keep rapidly locking and unlocking while there is power.
The wiring in the door could be shorted to the door or they may not be hooked up properly. If the wiring is good, then the BCM (Body Control Module) may need to be flashed (reprogrammed). If you need further...
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What door latch will work on my 1991 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 engine. The original locks have been discontinued.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several options including new, used, and similar parts. You can purchase one used online or from your local junk yard depending on what you have available around you. This is usually your...
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The drivers door will not open from the inside or the outside.
When you say open, do you mean the door cannot physically open or is the lock not working? If the door physically cannot open, the linkage between the release inside the door and the handles may have come loose or...
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My power sliding door on my 1996 Pontiac Transport moves really slow makes a whining noise and does not latch all the way shut.
Hi there. The sliding door has a track that the door rides in and allows the rollers on the door to move as the door motors operate. The track tends to get rust and buildup in it making the rollers...

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