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Old 02-19-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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Car wants to lock me in, Stuck door handle

I have an 07 focus and i'm sure as most of you know it has a safety feature like most modern cars that locks the doors automatically after the vehicle has started to move.

Well for the past week or so once I reach my destination and the doors are locked the driver side door handle gets stuck and basically locks me in the car. If I pull on the handle hard enough ( being very careful and hoping not to break any plastic parts) you can hear it snap and then unlocks the door, at which point you can release the handle and pull it again to open the door. I also tried to push in the unlock tab on the door but it will not go back in just by pushing on it.

If you try to unlock it with the button it tries to unlock the doors but the driver side door lock doesn't unlock on its own so it will immediately lock the doors back. If you are outside the car and the doors are locked you have to press the unlock button and pull on the door handle at the same time and have to do it maybe 2 to 3 times before it unlocks and opens. It will never unlock without pulling on the handle at the same time.

So i've pretty much come to the conclusion that it is something in the lock mechanism on the driver side door, was wondering if anyone else has run into this problem that might know exactly which part causes the problem. It seems like something is just getting bound up or caught on something, and since its mostly all plastic I could see that as a high possibility after the door has been locked and unlocked and opened and closed about a billion times. More curious to know if the issue is in the locking mechanism on the interior handle itself or if its actually something inside the door.

I'll be going to the junkyard this weekend to strip down 2 doors off an 06 to get all the parts in the doors so I will have spare parts.


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Old 02-19-2014, 04:45 PM   #2
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Generous application of WD40 to the inside got mine working right when it started to hang up. Spray penetrating grease in the latch area has helped keep it going for a few years since then.

Took longer to open up the door carefully than get it working right again.

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Old 02-19-2014, 06:15 PM   #3
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I will grease the heck out of that tomorrow and see what happens, I was more thinking it was a worn plastic part that finally has a lip or something to catch on. My doors are already pretty gutted so everything is already nice and accessible though :) thanks for the idea I wasn't even thinking it could just be a lubrication issue.
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Try the easiest fix first is all I can say, sometimes it works!

When mine suddenly started not working right, outside handle would pull most of the way out freely & just barely open the door. Almost couldn't get it open when I pulled it into the garage to work on it, lucked out & caught it just in time. Inside was working stiff as well, your story is similar enough I thought to mention it B4 you dive in deeper.

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Yeah that sounds almost exactly like whats happening to mine, some days are worse than others, it has been acting fine today so far but yesterday it was like every time. I'm gonna get in there are grease it up as soon as I get a little down time at work.
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You might need to adjust the handle-to-lock mechanism if lube doesn't do the trick, it's in the service manual
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Speaking of which, mine is acting grabby, so I should re-grease. I use lithium spray grease, but I do think silicone spray grease would work just as well- might be thinner initially. I haven't used it so I don't know.
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Man I really need to get a set of those FSM's haha
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silicone grease thickens as the carrier solvents evap
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After getting locked in about 6 times in the past few hours i'm almost positive it need to re-adjust the lock-to-handle mechanism. I was able to move the lock piece around a bit and find the perfect spot where it would open normally without resistance. So I guess I need to find a FSM or just take it apart and figure it out. but i'm pretty sure you are exactly right elsolo. Having a FSM helps alot haha that is going to be an invest very soon
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