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2005 Chevrolet Cobalt Question: 2005 Chevy Cobalt door latch issue!!!!

 

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laurenp8806, Liberty, MO, February 24, 2010, 14:02
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I cannot get my driver side door to open, one day it was both drivers side and passenger side. I have to get in and out of the passenger side. What started happening first was I would get out and the latch would latch back down so I couldn’t close my door so I would have to lock and unlock my door multiple times with the remote until the latch goes up, once I do that and close the door it will then not open back up, like the latch is stuck down and will not come back up even though the door is ‘unlocked’… I have tried to lock and unlock it manually I’ve tried to lock and unlock it with my remote I’ve even tried rocking it thinking it probably just wasn’t in gear (it’s an automatic) but still no luck… I have to STILL get in and out of my cobalt through the passenger side due to the driver’s side latch not unlatching… Has anyone else had this problem or am I the only one? Also, what do you think it could be? I do not have a warranty on my car since it’s a 2005 obviously… It has locked me completely out at one point and I do not want to get to the point of it locking me in my car and me having to crawl through my window like Ace Ventura coming out of a mechanical rhino’s a$$. This is so FRUSTRATING since I have not seen ANY resolution on the internet on how to fix this without actually taking it to a dealership so they can ‘diagnose’ it which will be $50-55 its self. I have had more problems with this car than my parents have had with their 2002 Chevy Avalanche which has only had ONE problem the whole time they have owned it… My EPS System went out (had to replace that) my key kept sticking in my ignition (had to replace the shifter) and NOW my door locks are being all sorts of crazy… I have to live my luck with my car doors on hoping it will not lock me out even though the door locks are showing that its unlocked but the latches are not coming up… Anyone have an answer for that???

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    hemicuda February 24, 2010, 14:59
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    Sounds like the door lock actuator inside the door is bad and the cost is $80 to $130 plus labor and the labor time to replace it is .7 of an hour according to my labor guide.
    Hope this helps

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    Visitor, June 08, 2010, 07:06

    My mother is having the same exact problem with her car. Did you ever get it fixed? Her car is at the mechanics now and they aren't sure what is the probem.

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    Visitor, July 29, 2010, 13:44

    I have recently started having problems with my doors not opening even when unlocked, and they are not remote locks. I have also had trouble getting the key out of the ignition several times. Now, if I turn on the ac there is no cold air and the engine stalls. Have you written or called the company to complain? I think we all should- why should we pay for mechanical issues not caused by normal wear and tear?!!! I bought my car used last year with 37000 miles on it and it's already acting like a 20 year old piece of junk made in some third world country.

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    WBH82, May 30, 2012, 15:51
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    I do not have a technical solution to the problem we're both experiencing, but if you haven't already done so, I recommend calling GM US at 18002221020 to issue your complaint. I was told that once GM receives a "certain number" of complaints on a particular issue, they will begin to issue recalls to applicable Cobalt owners.

    There are thousands of Cobalt owners dealing with door latch problems. My doors won't open, others have doors that won't stay shut. This is unacceptable and we should not have to put up with this. THEY need to remedy these problems immediately and issue recalls, replacing their junk latches with long-lasting SAFE ones.

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    Visitor, August 21, 2010, 08:55

    same issue. first the locks would go up and down on their own. in the middle of the night it would be like crickets were invading the neighborhood. toook out the fuse. had it fixed twice. then the drivers side door would not open one day. have to get off and on the horse daily multiple times crawling from the passengers side. talked to the dealer service department. they act like they have thier headds up thier %$#@,. I have called GM. they wont do a damn thing because of mileage even though the dealership was the last to have the door panels off. what a scam, a ripoff and it will be the last time on earth i buy a GM product. and i will let everyone in the world know about it. this is a safety issue with the clips in the doors being of weak material and breaking. today i am trying to cut through my panel to see if i can reach inside to open the door. in order to do that i have to remove the drivers side seat, which is hell on earth. i refuse to pay the dealership 150$ just to diagnose the problem. they dont even know how they are going to remove the door panel with the door stuck. what a ripofff and a money-making scam GM has put upon people. they are so stupid they refuse to read the complaints on the internet and think i am the only one with the issue. what is the world coming too in the area of customer service and accepting liabality and being accountable for a defective product they continue to sell.

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    Visitor, August 27, 2010, 08:08

    I have the door lock issue, ive noticed the latch that catches the bolt to hold the door shut it very loose. I think i have to take off the door panel and replace the part. I can get in and out, if I pull slightly up on the outside handle in quick motion sometimes many times then you feel the lack and door arm grab.

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    Visitor, September 01, 2010, 02:18

    I had the exact same problem in my '06 cobalt. I fixed it by engaging and disengaging the automatic door locks back and forth with the gear shifter until I was able to open the door. You can tell when it works because there will be a louder-than-usual pop when the lock comes loose. I also had the same problem with the door not closing and fixed it th same way. Hope this helps.

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    Visitor, January 30, 2011, 15:45

    After getting a price quote from a dealer that I could not afford I personally spent 3 weeks trying to get the passenger door on the Cobalt open. Busted the inside panel off the door trying to get to the latch from the inside of the door. Used a crowbar to try and pry the door open, even took the rear door off the hinges to try and get better access to the mechanism. Nothing worked. I read the above post about playing with the shift lever and in 60 seconds door opened. GM... wake up and do a recall on this issue.

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    ROSA11, March 09, 2012, 10:06
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    I HAVE A 2005 COBALT IM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THE DRIVER'S DOOR NOT OPENING FROM THE INSIDE. TALK TO GM THEY TOLD ME IT WAS NOT A ISSUE WITH THIS CAR. SO IF U HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM CALL GM AT 18002633777PRESS 4 THE EXT 3777 AND GIVE UR COMPLAINT.WE NEED TO CALL TO GET GM TO FIX THERE PROBLEMS AND SAFETYY ISSUE'S.

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    WBH82, May 30, 2012, 15:39
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    I just called GM USA at 18002221020 and issued my complaint about the Cobalt's faulty door locking mechanisms.

    The representative told me that once GM receives a "certain number" of complaints on a particular issue, they will issue recalls.

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    WBH82 May 30, 2012, 15:50
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    I do not have a technical solution to the problem we're both experiencing, but if you haven't already done so, I recommend calling GM US at 18002221020 to issue your complaint. I was told that once GM receives a "certain number" of complaints on a particular issue, they will begin to issue recalls to applicable Cobalt owners.

    There are thousands of Cobalt owners dealing with door latch problems. My doors won't open, others have doors that won't stay shut. This is unacceptable and we should not have to put up with this. THEY need to remedy these problems immediately and issue recalls, replacing their junk latches with long-lasting SAFE ones.

    I also recommend spreading the word to other Cobalt owners.

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