Common Car Door Lock Issues

Typical Car Door Lock and Latch

Many times, we are called to open a car door due to issues with the lock and not simply because keys are lost or locked in the car. In some cases, cleaning and lubricating the lock solves the problem. But in some circumstances, our Round Rock or Pflugerville car locksmith needs to replace the cylinder – or even the entire lock.

Here are 5 common issues that can impact your car locking mechanism:

Misaligned door latch. In case the door latch does not catch the strike plate, you will find it difficult shutting or locking your door properly. This problem can creep up from time to time, and it can be caused by improper installed or screwed hinges, damp weather condition, or heat.

To fix this issue, you need to see the misalignment and use the right tools to adjust the strike plates and tighten the door hinges.

The key turns but doesn’t lock. Small worn or fallen parts could cause the key to turn in the lock without pushing the knobs. This is a mechanical problem and should be fixed by someone who understands how a door mechanism works.

On the other hand, if the key refuses to turn as you insert it into the locks, then you need to lubricate the keyhole by spraying graphite.

Other Car Door Lock Issues – Less Common

Faulty door mechanism. Most door problems are mechanical and they become faulty with time and wear. Old locks may be problematic because of excessive use, and non-maintenance of the locks can make them defective.

Therefore, mechanical problems of locks should be left for professionals to handle because it’s not even worth trying a DIY option if you don’t know the mechanism of the locks.

The key is stock or broken inside the lock. Your key may be stuck due to misaligned door latch or that some components of the lock are not properly lubricated. If the key is stuck, forcing it to turn may lead to breaking the key inside the locks.

We understand that you are low on time and in a hurry to meet up with an appointment. However, if you notice that the key is stuck on the lock, do not force it to open or close; you may end up aggravating the problem.

Slow door locks. Stiffened or slow door locks may occur as a result of the accumulation of dirt or grime in your locks. If you notice that the handle of your lock is slow or it is difficult inserting the key into the lock. You can opt for a DIY method by inserting a cotton swab into the lock to remove the dirt.

If the lock is not lubricated enough, use a graphite or silicon spray on the lock and never use oil or grease because they can clog during the cold seasons.