Why Won’t My Car Door Open (or Close)?

When was the last time you thought about the doors on your vehicle? Of all the parts most taken for granted, they must be near the top of the list, but when you think about it, they have a very important job. Doors allow us to enter and exit our cars, lock them, and even keep our families protected from harm. But what happens when you can’t open or close one or more of your doors?

Why Do Car Doors Stop Working?

Let’s say you just got to your destination and go to shut the door, only find that it won’t latch closed. Now you can’t lock your vehicle, and it’s unsafe to drive. You might have a stuck latch, a handle malfunction, door alignment issues, or electric problems.

Now, what happens when the door won’t open? Although inconvenient, this is also a safety issue. If you’re in an accident, you need to be able to get out of your car as quickly as possible. If the door isn’t opening, you could have a bent latch, a broken lock, or a mechanism within the door could be corroded.

Regardless of why your car door isn’t working, this is not a DIY job. It’s common for drivers to try to fix the issues themselves, only to find that they’ve caused more damage.

Getting Your Car to the Repair Shop Safely

If your car door is stuck open, the safest way to get it to our repair facility is to have it towed. Some drivers will try to use a bungee cord or strap to keep the door closed, but this can be dangerous, and we don’t recommend it. If the door is stuck, there’s a good chance that the other doors are still working. If so, you can open one of them, climb into the driver’s seat, and carefully head over to our shop.

How to Prevent Car Door Problems

Since doors are used hundreds of times a year, it’s not surprising they can have problems. To prevent issues, it’s best to have your door maintained along with the rest of your vehicle. Door locks, latches, and hinges should be lubricated regularly to keep them from sticking; you should also try to keep your locks clean. If you have a newer car with an electronic lock, make sure to check the mechanical lock (and know how to use it) from time to time, just in case the power fails in your key fob or vehicle. You can also visit us to check that the latches line up properly, and the doors aren’t sagging.

Whether you’re having issues with your doors, are due for scheduled maintenance, or need a major repair, the ASE-certified technicians at EuroCar Service are here to help! We specialize in all European makes and models, including Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Saab, Volkswagen, Volvo, Smart Car, Fiat, and Jaguar. Schedule an appointment today by calling 206-527-8828.