My driver side sliding door will not unlock. It is NOT a power door. The lock simply will not unlock. Has anyone else had this problem and fixed it?
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2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
Question: Driver side sliding door will not unlock
Answer #1Superbob June 26, 2011, 11:51Master
You didn't tell me whether the door operates normally from the inside, which would be an important clue, so I'll give you all the possibilities.
Doorlock systems can fail, this is a common failure in any kind of car. If the key won't turn, the lock cylinder may have failed or needs lubrication. I like to use Liquid Wrench or TriFlow myself. If a little LW frees the lock, that's great. I like the TriFlow for a lubricant in a lock that works already. If it doesn't free the lock, then you may need a new lock cylinder.
If the lock turns freely with the key, and won't unlock the door, then probably the linkage clip broke and the linkage fell apart inside the door. This is easy to fix, you remove the doortrim panel and reassemble the linkage using a new clip.
If neither condition is the case, it's less common, but the latch may be defective which requires a new latch.
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Replycrgstanley, June 26, 2011, 20:28Rookie
Thanks for the reply Superbob,
I guess my post was a little vague. The door does not open at all from the inside or the outside and there is no key lock on the door. It is a motorized lock, but in the past I have always been able to unlock it manually and now I cannot even operate it manually, with the key fob remote or with the lock switch. No matter how hard I pull on the manual lock I cannot unlock the door. I hope this will give you more of a clue as to what is happening. Thanks again.