5 Common Reasons Why Your Car Door Isn’t Locking Properly

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Are your power locks keeping you from getting into your car, or locking it when you leave? You need to know what’s going wrong and take steps to stop it from happening. There are five common reasons why your car door lock is not working.

  1. The key fob battery is dead: This is one of the most common reasons why your car door lock is not working. If your locks aren’t working, replacing the battery in the key fob could solve the issue.

  2. The key fob is faulty: If the battery isn’t the problem, the issue may be with the fob itself. If you go to your car dealer, they can hook the fob up to a computer and make sure that the programming is still good. If it’s not sending a signal, the fob will likely have to be replaced.

  3. A fuse is blown: If one door doesn’t work, but others do, the problem could be a blown fuse. Replacing the fuse will correct the problem. This is a cheap and easy fix.

  4. The solenoid is bad: Again, if one door doesn’t work, but others do, the problem could be with the door lock solenoid. Replacing it may require removing the car door panel.

  5. You have a broken wire: If the lock isn’t getting power, hold the lock switch either up or down, and then open and close the door repeatedly to see if the lock will work. If it works sometimes, you probably have a broken wire.

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Kenneth

18 years of experience
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Kenneth
18 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Door does not lock or open - Inglewood, California
Keeneth was running a little late due to traffic but still completed his work within the estimated time frame. He messaged ahead to alert me, and I appreciate the courtesy. He got right to work.
Volkswagen Jetta - Door does not lock or open - Los Angeles, California
Kenneth showed up early and was very helpful in diagnosing and explaining the issues with my vehicle. He finished the job very fast and I would definitely use him again! great service, great guy

Charles

32 years of experience
342 reviews
Charles
32 years of experience
Audi A4 Quattro - Door does not lock or open - Austin, Texas
Great service - he showed up early but did not mind waiting for me. Was able to diagnose the issue by feel in tough to reach spot inside the door. Looking forward to having him do the repair soon!
Dodge Grand Caravan - Door does not lock or open - Austin, Texas
Charles was very friendly and knowledgeable. He diagnosed the problem quickly and was able to give me a quote in a very short time.

Pardeep

19 years of experience
597 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E350 - Door does not lock or open - Mountain View, California
Very knowledgable and helpful. He was honest and straight to the point. I finally found a mechanic that I can trust and will book Pardeep for the remainder of his life

Matthew

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Matthew
31 years of experience
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - Door does not lock or open - Hampton, Virginia
Matt was very knowledgeable and was able to fix the issue with my rear wiper without needing to replace the motor, saving me a few hundred dollars on parts. I appreciate the fact that he is looking out for the consumer.

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