Re: [DML] Stuck Locks - While door is open!
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Re: [DML] Stuck Locks - While door is open!

In a message dated 12/20/2009 9:09:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
stevedmc@xxxxxxxxx writes:

I was  trying to make some adjustments to the passenger door (it just 
doesnt seem  to shut right), and while the door was open I think I 
accidentally locked  the door.  I did this while both the passenger and 
driver doors were  open.

Now the locks are stuck in the lock position and I am unable to  shut my 
Steve: Here's a link for two lock/latch articles I wrote in detail,  
including an overview of the door locks:
Look at the notch in the side of the doors where the latches are. If the  
"hole" at the top of the notch is round, that particular latch is in the 
"closed  door" position, and the door won't fully close whether it's locked or 
not. If  the hole at the top of the notch is like an upside down teardrop, 
the latch is  in the"open door" position, and should normally be closeable, IF 
both latches on  the door you're closing are in that "open door" position 
and IF the door locking  system is in the unlocked position... unless your 
door lock control rods are  knocked out of alignment. Let's start with an easy 
solution first. When working  on open doors, rule number one always is: all 
latches on open doors should be  moved to the "closed door" position. Each 
has to be done manually and  individually. The lock switch cannot move 
them...doesn't work that way. To move  latches to open or closed position, first 
lift the door handle... it will lift  whether in the open or closed, lock or 
unlock position. Then use a blunt  tool... or carefully use a fingertip to 
push the latch parts upward for close or  downward for open. MOVE THEM ALL 
UPWARDS.  Next try to move them  all downwards. If you cannot get the latch 
innards to move, the door locking  system is in the locked position. Move it 
to the unlocked position. Don't flip  it back and forth, just move it once. 
Flipping won't free anything stuck, but  can make things worse.  With the 
latches in the "open door" position,  and the door system unlocked, it should 
close, normally.

Wayne A.  Ernst
vin  11174

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