Many things may render a car door unable to close properly, including a stiff, swollen or damaged gasket; a broken latch mechanism; or one or more loose door hinges causing the door to hang unevenly. Dirt, sticks and other debris may also be stopping the door from closing.Continue Reading
A common cause of a car door not closing is a seized or broken door latch clasp. Locate the latch clasp on the interior edge of the car door that meets the frame of the vehicle, and ensure the latch is in a lifted, open position. If the latch clasp is closed, gently attempt to lift the latch manually using a screwdriver. The latch should spring back into the open position. If the latch does not stay open, it may be necessary to replace it.
New door gaskets may be stiff and require a little bit of wear before a car door shuts properly and without much effort. If a door gasket is torn or partially detached, it may prevent the door from shutting. Inspect the gasket for damage and replace if necessary, or apply adhesive to the rear of a detached gasket and attach the gasket to the inner door frame.
A door hanging from a loose hinge may need tightening in order to close properly and could cause additional damage. Locate the hinges for the door in question, and ensure that the door is properly hung.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
To repair a car door lock, put a new battery into the auto key lock, and make sure that other locks work. If they don't, replace the fuse. Press the key on the auto lock, and lift the door up and down. The door mechanism is frozen if you hear that the lock tries to move. In addition, slowly open and close the door while pressing the button. If the lock works, repair a broken wire associated with the lock.Full Answer >
To prevent car door locks from freezing shut, keep them lubricated with penetrating oil or a commercial de-icer. Most door locks freeze over due to the condensation settling inside the mechanism, which allows ice to form on the tumblers.Full Answer >
To repair the seal on a car door, remove any screws or fasteners holding the stripping in place and the old stripping, remove any residual adhesive, clean the area, apply adhesive to the door and the new stripping, and push the stripping into position. Re-install any screws or fasteners.Full Answer >
Good tips to install a replacement interior car door handle include removing the door panel to access the defective door handle, removing the door handle, installing the replacement and replacing the door latch if necessary. The last steps are testing the door and reinstalling the door panel. It's important to check if the exterior door handle and the door locking system need replacement, as they may also be damaged.Full Answer >