Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Latch

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Door Latch

If a car door will not stay closed, must be slammed hard to close, or gets stuck and will not open, you may need to replace the door latch. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Car Door Latch Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Ford Explorer $144 $73.58 $70.00 20% $181.08
2006 GMC Savana 2500 $128 $57.58 $70.00 22% $165.08
2003 Chevrolet Express 2500 $128 $57.58 $70.00 22% $165.08
2004 Lincoln Town Car $175 $91.43 $84.00 20% $220.43
2003 Lincoln Town Car $175 $91.43 $84.00 20% $220.43
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Door Latch?

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The door latch is the mechanism that is used to secure a vehicle’s door closed. When the door handle is pulled, the latch is mechanically or electronically actuated so that the door can be opened. The latch mechanism consists of the mechanical latch inside of door as well as the U-shaped anchor that is secured to the vehicle’s door jamb. The door latch mechanism is the component that secures the door shut, and when it has problems, this can cause issues entering and exiting the vehicle. Usually a problematic door latch assembly will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem that should be serviced.

1. Door will not stay closed

One symptom of a faulty door latch mechanism are doors that will not stay closed. When the door is shut, the latch and anchor interlock to close the door. If the latch mechanism inside of the door fails or has any issues, it may not be able to secure onto the anchor, which will result in a door that will not stay closed. This is a problem as vehicles with doors that do not stay shut are unsafe to drive.

2. Door must be slammed hard to close

Another symptom of a problem with the door latch mechanism is a door that requires a hard slam in order for it to latch. The doors should be able to latch with a gentle to moderate amount of force when closing them. If you notice that the door only properly secures when it is slammed, then that may be a sign that the latch mechanism is not working properly or that the latch has become misaligned with the anchor. Excessive slamming will eventually cause the latch to fail and require replacement.

3. Door will not open

A stuck door is another symptom of a potential problem with the door latch mechanism. If the door gets stuck closed, and will not open when the handles are pulled, then this may be a sign that the linkage or latching mechanism inside of the door has failed. The door will usually have to be disassembled from the interior of the vehicle by a professional technician.

Door latches are an important component and are found on virtually all vehicles to secure the doors shut. While most door latches are built for a heavy duty and a long service life, they can also fail and cause issues with the door. If you are having problems with your doors, or suspect that your door latches are having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic to determine if a door latch replacement, or another repair, is needed.

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Peter

40 years of experience
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Peter
40 years of experience
Peter was early for the appointment. He repaired my sons door latch. Its so nice now that he can open and close his door using the latch. We will definitely use Your Mechanic in the future. Its so nice that they come to your home.
2009 CHEVROLET HHR - DOOR LATCH REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT) - BUCKEYE, ARIZONA

James

27 years of experience
373 reviews
James
27 years of experience
Thanks for coming out and fixing my door latch man! Much appreciated! Went through two other mechanics to try to get this done and James got it done with no problem! Will definitely be using your services again!
2007 JEEP WRANGLER - DOOR LATCH REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE FRONT) - KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

Adrian

28 years of experience
74 reviews
Adrian
28 years of experience
Adrian arrived on time. His work was impeccable! He replaced motor and transmission mounts as instructed. Will have to schedule additional appointment to replace driver side door acuator due to the parts department not providing him the correct part. Adrian is a true professional. Will certainly hire him again. Thanks Adrian
2000 KIA SPECTRA - DOOR LATCH REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT) - CERES, CALIFORNIA

Francisco

7 years of experience
110 reviews
Francisco
7 years of experience
Honest, helpful, tons of experience
2010 INFINITI EX35 - DOOR LATCH REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE REAR) - REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA

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