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Unread 08-30-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Door jammed

Hey Guys

So the other day I locked my jeeps doors and the drivers side lock button had to be pushed pretty hard to get it to lock but it did. Then the next day I went to unlock it the lock wouldn't disengage. Now I can't open the door at all. I have tried unlocking it from the inside and neither of the handles will open the door either. Kinda tired of climbing in through the passenger side door so help would be awesome.

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Unread 08-30-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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Lots of wd-40 or other lubricant!
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Unread 08-30-2014, 04:14 PM   #3
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Are these half doors or full doors? The half door interior panel is a ***** to get off when the door is closed. You have to get in there and clean the connections, and do not use wd40 as a lubricant. It will not lubricate anything. Get everything clean and use superlube on the sliding connections. Your main problem will be to get that door panel off
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Unread 08-30-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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He needs to spray it in through the locking mechanism with the straw to see if it will loosen up before trying to pull the panel off. It'll be much easier to do a good job of it later if he can first get his immediate problem resolved.

Start small, then get ambitious with the door panel.
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Unread 08-30-2014, 04:39 PM   #5
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Yes you can try that, but it will only work if that is where the linkage is jammed up. Otherwise, you will be spraying everywhere without knowing what you are shooting at. If it is a full door, just pull the window crank and panel off. If you have not tried this yet, lightly turn your door key back and forth while inserted into the outer lock. Not hard, so you dont break the key. If there is too much resistence, dont continue. If that wont work, try rocking the inner door lock back and forth until it moves freely
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Unread 08-31-2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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awesome I will have to try that out, I just got back from a camping trip so that on for tomorrow. Also sadly it is a half door.
Thanks Guys
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Unread 09-02-2014, 02:17 AM   #7
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the lock isn't sealed though... should be able to shoot lubricant around the pins and tumbler into the rest of the mechanism.

Also, like sprngrdr suggests, very gently rock the key back and forth and pull it in and out after shooting the lube in there... that'll work it all over the place inside.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 10:45 AM   #8
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Locks? On the doors?

Wow.

I have one lock on the tailgate, but someone lost the key a couple of decades ago.
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Unread 09-02-2014, 10:52 AM   #9
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Pick up a slim jim. Should have one around anyway.

http://www.clksupplies.com/shop/30-e...im-p-1048.html
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Unread 09-05-2014, 02:43 PM   #10
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Ok so I have tried rocking the key after shooting some in and nothing is moving. I am worried that I am going to have to take the door apart and manually unlock it. What is the best way??
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Unread 09-05-2014, 03:25 PM   #11
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you should be able to unscrew the interior door handle (one screw) and pull it out enough to release the plastic clips that actuate the lock and handle. Once you have the interior door handle off, use the rods to unlock the door. If that doesn't work, you'll need to pull the panel off the door to get at the bits near the lock.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #12
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Probably have to remove the seat to get the panel off
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Unread 09-05-2014, 10:27 PM   #13
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Have you tried a slim jim?
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Unread 09-06-2014, 12:28 AM   #14
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Don't bother with a slim Jim there isn't a way into the door cavity of a half door and spraying the lock won't do much good since it has a back on it you'll only get a drop or two to run down a rod if your lucky. Remove the one screw holding the interior handle cup in place , locate the rod for the lock an work it back and forth. This will unlock the door without risking damage or breaking a key. When the door is open carefully remove the panel by prying under each retaining clip with forked panel tool or a thin flathead screwdriver. Your problem is more than likely at the latch itself, the grease becomes gummed up with dirt and dust over the years. You can use wd-40 or preferably Pb blaster to loosen it up but when it's loose clean it with a shop rag or blue towel and give it a good coat of lithium grease. Wd-40 is NOT a lubricant I don't care what the can says. Hope that helps you , let is know how it turns out.
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Unread 09-06-2014, 08:58 AM   #15
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Ok wow. No need for al that. Simple undo the top half of the panel. Slide your hand in and feel the two metal bars that go from interior lock/handle to the locking mech. One bar is the lock and one is the striker release. Simple pick one and push/pull towards front of jeep. Now try opening door.

Happens all the time in YJ.

Amc made those aluminum rods too perfectly. In mine I had to slightly bend the rod slightly so as to shorten its total length.
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