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

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

19 years of experience
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Kenneth
19 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

Nicholas

12 years of experience
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Nicholas
12 years of experience
Buick Regal - Door does not lock or open - San Diego, California
Nicholass is polite and considerate. (He wore a medical mask.) He made an expert examination of our car.

Jason

14 years of experience
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Jason
14 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Door does not lock or open - Arverne, New York
Jason is very professional He patiently answered all questions I had regarding my car repair Thank you Jason

Gregory

30 years of experience
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Gregory
30 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Door does not lock or open - Littleton, Colorado
He did a great job of fixing my door handle to work for me. Although we were going to changeout the handles for new ones, they gave him the wrong ones. So he fixed the old one and we didn’t need the newer ones!

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