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Unread 04-24-2013, 06:33 AM   #1
j_colella1
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91 YJ Door closing problem

Hi, My driver side door is not locking when closed. I removed the door panel inspected the links and everything looked good.. I also even took out all links and they were in good shape. When I close the door and the two latches go around the strike pin they do not lock in place to keep it closed. This happenes whether it is locked or not. It just pops out again.

The top half of the latch can easily be moved back and forth. The bottom is very difficult to move. The other door that works fine, both are difficult to move.



Is there a fix or do I need to order a new part?

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Unread 04-24-2013, 07:08 AM   #2
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If you have the door open, and manually close the jaws, can you lock/unlock the door? You can use a big screw driver to mimic the striker pin for testing with the door open. If it works properly with the door open, start looking at the striker pin and the hinges. Misaligned/bent hinges will create all kinds of binds and cause the lock/latch to not work properly.

I don't see any bent parts in the picture. I'm assuming you already lubricated the latch with a high quality silicone or teflon based lubricant? Please, above all else, DO NOT use WD-40 on your locks/latches.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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When open, I can easily move the top latch in & it comes back out on its own, whether the door us locked or not. All the parts are moving inside the door.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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I had the same problem with mine when I first got it. Just use a good silicon lube on all of the parts and it'll work.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 01:07 PM   #5
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I will try to spray it down with a silicon lube and hopefully that works. Thanks
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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:08 PM   #6
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A few Questions:

1. Does the door seat completely in (flush with the body) and still pop open without moving the handles?
2. have you recently replaced the rubber seals around the door? If so, you may need to move your striker pin out a bit to meet the door so that the "Jaws" can close completely.
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Unread 04-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #7
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Just fixed the same thing going on with my passenger door. Loosen the top bolts on the door and shim it up or down. Mine was sitting a little low and i raised it just a tad and closes and locks no problem any more. Of course it could be something else, this worked for me.
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