How Long Does a Door Latch Last?

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A door latch is located on every door on your vehicle. It is what keeps the doors shut while you are driving down the road. Each door has two handles, one on the outside and one on the inside. While the handle allows you to open the vehicle, the latch keeps the vehicle locked so no one from the outside can get in unless you let them. The doors can be locked automatically or manually, depending on the type of vehicle you have. Furthermore, most vehicles have a remote control that will unlock, lock, and even open the doors to your car.

Most modern vehicles are equipped with child safety locks. These locks are engaged by flipping a switch when the door is open. Once the door is shut, the door cannot be opened from the inside. However, it can be opened from the outside.

The door latch is operated by a tug, lift, or pull depending on what type of vehicle you have. You must use some force for this operation because it is a safety feature. This way, an object cannot hit the latch and accidentally open it while you are going down the road. Furthermore, a child or an adult cannot accidentally hit the latch because that would be hazardous as well.

Over time, the door handle may come off or the latch may become broken. If the interior handle of the door does not work, chances are the exterior does not work either, and vice versa. If the latch does not work, the door handle may still work, it just depends on what exactly has happened to cause the door latch to break.

Since they can become worn and break over time, it is important to know the symptoms of a failing door latch.

Signs your door latch needs to be replaced include:

  • The door will not shut all of the way
  • The door will not open
  • The door will not stay latched closed
  • The door opens while you are driving down the road

The door latch is an important safety feature of your vehicle so this repair should not be put off. A professional mechanic will be able to repair the door latch in order for your handles to work properly.


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Alexander

19 years of experience
100 reviews
Alexander
19 years of experience
Hyundai Genesis - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Oviedo, Florida
I was kept updated on any required changes in the appointment, mostly related to timing of arrival of parts. Service was efficient and satisfactory.
GMC Sierra 1500 - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front, Driver Side Rear) - Orlando, Florida
My experience was superb, precise and Alexander was efficient!Would definitely use him for future work on my vehicle. Thanks for a great experience!!

Gus

16 years of experience
18 reviews
Gus
16 years of experience
Kia Sportage - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Mount Prospect, Illinois
Gus was on time for the appointment and did a great job installing a door handle on our KIA. It was so nice not to have to leave the house to have this work done.
Nissan Altima - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front, Driver Side Rear, Passenger Side Rear) - Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Knowledgeable, courteous mechanic. He replaced 3 door handles on an older model Nissan for $100.00+ less than two quotes I received from local shops, and he came to my house.

Tyree

14 years of experience
14 reviews
Tyree
14 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Bonita Springs, Florida
Tyree is a fine mechanic. I would highly recommend his service. The work on the car was first class. Clean and proficient. Professional.

John

26 years of experience
562 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Chevrolet Tahoe - Exterior Door Handle Replacement (Passenger Side Rear) - Pearland, Texas
We've found our new mechanic! John provides great service, is very friendly, and does fast work. Truly reliable. Will definitely be using him for any future services.

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