Re: [DML] Door latch replacement/upgrade
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Re: [DML] Door latch replacement/upgrade

There're plenty of cars over here that won't let you pop the locks when 
the door is open. It's a simple mechanism whose function is to prevent 
you from locking yourself out of the car. On my Citroen, for example, 
the rear doors will let you, the front doors won't. If you try, the 
button is rock solid.

However on a lot of cars, you -can- pop the locks with the doors open by 
lifting the handle first. The DeLorean is in this category, although I 
won't go as far as to recommend doing it, I certainly do it.

I think the biggest problem is those big solenoids. When they work, they 
don't haf pull hard and there's enough play in the complex linkage (by 
the standard of any other car) to trigger them even when the latches 
don't want to move. This forces the latches or at least put a lot of 
strain on what can be some pretty fine adjustments in those linkages. 
It's no wonder that most "I can't get my door open" problems relate to 
the front lock rod which is long and bent into a Z-shape.

These latches are common to a large number of cars and are still in 
production today and used on new cars


deloreanernst@xxxxxxx wrote:

>The fact that hitting the lock/unlock switch with doors open can cause  
>misalignment and malfunction is a collossal pain in the butt. Since our cars are  
>the only ones that I've seen that work that way, I can't help but wonder, 
>"WHY?"  And isn't there a car out there with door latches that would be more user  
>friendly, if adapted to fit? I've been on the DML for maybe 6 or 7 years and I 
> don't recall anyone ever discussing this. Hasn't anyone ever tried it? Of 
>course  I realize that we use 2 latches instead of one, but that's an inside the 
>door  issue, not a latch issue per se. Don't other cars use link rods too, in 
>some  fashion? 
>Wayne A.  Ernst
>vin 11174
>Bridgeton, NJ

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