Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Latch

door latch

Bad or Failing Door Latch Inspection

by a top-rated mechanic at your home or office

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.

HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CAR TROUBLE?
Get an $80 diagnostic
by a top-rated mechanic at your home or office.

Get a quote · Book an Appointment · Our expert mechanics come to you.

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.

HAVE SYMPTOMS OF CAR TROUBLE?
Get your car fixed at your home or office.

Get a quote · Book an Appointment · Our expert mechanics come to you.

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Still not sure about your car's issue?
Diagnose your car
What kind of issue are you experiencing?
Brakes are squeaking
Car is not starting
Car is overheating
Car is shaking (vibrating)
Fluids are leaking
Heating and A/C
Smoke or steam is coming out of the car
Warning light is on
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P2159 OBD-II Trouble Code: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2159 P2159 code definition Vehicle Speed Sensor B Range/Performance Related Trouble Codes: P2158: Vehicle Speed Sensor B P2160: Vehicle Speed Sensor B Circuit Low P2161:...
P2422 OBD-II Trouble Code: Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed
Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC): P2422 P2422 code definition Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) Vent Valve Stuck Closed Related Trouble Codes: P2441: EVAP Vent Valve Stuck Open EVAP trouble...
Auto Safety Tips
Driving is more than a way to get from point A to point B. Owning and driving a car can also be a highly enjoyable experience. Whether a person is driving...


Related questions

Q: Delay in shifting, sudden jerk forward - 2015 Acura TLX

Hi! "Unsafe to drive", are the words you may want to use when you bring it to the Acura dealer service department since it is still under the warranty. There have been some issues with the transmission on the Acura...

Q: How do I use the child safety rear locks?

The child safety rear door locks are a very important safety feature. When set, the locks make it so that the rear doors cannot be opened from the inside. You should always set these locks when young children are in...

Q: Can slamming car doors lead to rattling noises in the door?

Slamming your car doors is not good for your car in the long run. Violent actions like this eventually loosen the fasteners that hold your doors together, not to mention that you could also shatter the windows in the doors....