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TinCocodrie 03-14-2012 05:43 AM

door lock jammed can't open door
 
2006 Rubicon Unlimited
wife's jeep passenger door lock jammed- can't open door-from inside or outside with or without key-I will remove panel and lube everything up if I can find a way to get door open
can you somehow unlatch the door from the inside? tried pounding on door to try and free up mechanism but didn't work- purchased door clip removel tool from Autozone so I'm ready to get inside if I can get door open
any advice?
thks

kshaws21 03-14-2012 07:14 AM

Mine does that on the driver side. I just put my shoulder right under the door latch drive in and up at the same time with lots of pressure while turning the key and it usually unlocks. I quit locking my doors cause I got tired of fighting with it.

JimsJeep 03-14-2012 02:30 PM

I wound up cutting the catch loop off with a sawsall. It was actually a very simple job and there was no paint damage. That was after trying every in my arsenal

oranjeep 03-14-2012 02:43 PM

It sounds like the linkage rods have become disconected. From the inside take off the door handle, ( c - clip ) take off the pull handle then starting at the bottom edge of the door closest to the hinges, you will need to pull the panel inward to take it off. Then it will lift up and over the window ledge. now you should be able to see the lock mechanism. You can figure it out from there. Replacement clips for the rods and soor panel are available at most auto part stores.

B-Radley 03-14-2012 02:50 PM

My '97 does that sometimes on the passenger side. It gets stuck and when you try to unlock it from inside you feel it spring back to the lock position and never pop over to unlocked. It only happens if someone tries to open the door from outside while it is locked. If I unlock it first it never happens.

On mine if I pull the inside handle all the way out and then let it snap back hard 3 or 4 times it will unlock. It only works from inside.

2002TJ 03-15-2012 12:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimsJeep (Post 2139929)
I wound up cutting the catch loop off with a sawsall. It was actually a very simple job and there was no paint damage. That was after trying every in my arsenal

I had to saw mine too....did from inside with hacksaw blade by hand...took an hour....dealer had new latch loop next day.

I tried every frigging trick ever posted on ALL forums, and ended up having to saw it open.

Once door was open I ordered a new latch and installed it...wasn't cheap, but it's fixed....

This is a common problem with Wranglers....folks get locked in/out on regular basis.

Remove latch from inside door(remove window first) Lube the crap out of it with white lithum spray grease and make sure to lube inside latch with spray can hose...If you have TJ and it ain't happened yet, it will.

BigEZ 03-15-2012 01:13 AM

theres a couple of great write-ups on here. user name s3nt3nc3ed has the best one I've seen.

netlohcs 03-15-2012 01:24 AM

I made a pretty extensive post about this exact problem-

The short answer is that the door handle rod is not returning far enough for the locking pin to seat into place. Because of the design, if the rod is being pulled on even a fraction of an inch (or even just has a tiny TINY bit too much tension) the small pin that allows the door to be "unlocked" will not fall into place.

The long version of what I wrote can be found here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/repl...ut-131647.html

JimsJeep 03-15-2012 03:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2002TJ (Post 2142012)
I had to saw mine too....did from inside with hacksaw blade by hand...took an hour....dealer had new latch loop next day.

I tried every frigging trick ever posted on ALL forums, and ended up having to saw it open.

Once door was open I ordered a new latch and installed it...wasn't cheap, but it's fixed....

This is a common problem with Wranglers....folks get locked in/out on regular basis.

Remove latch from inside door(remove window first) Lube the crap out of it with white lithum spray grease and make sure to lube inside latch with spray can hose...If you have TJ and it ain't happened yet, it will.

Same deal here. I tried everything in the book also and as you probably learned, it ain't easy getting the door panel off with the door closed.


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