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Driver's door won't latch - bounces open

I haven't been able to find a post that answers my door situation. The driver's door won't latch easily - it will eventually latch about one out of 50 tries, but the other 49 it just bounces open. The actual latch on the door will not click/snap closed with a screwdriver like all the other doors. Perhaps there's a broken spring or loose screw? When the door does latch, the interior/exterior lights go out as usual. Any help is appreciated... Dan
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Have you tried taking the door apart and greasing up the latch? It may help?

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I haven't been able to find a post that answers my door situation. The driver's door won't latch easily - it will eventually latch about one out of 50 tries, but the other 49 it just bounces open. The actual latch on the door will not click/snap closed with a screwdriver like all the other doors. Perhaps there's a broken spring or loose screw? When the door does latch, the interior/exterior lights go out as usual. Any help is appreciated... Dan
Look at the latch in the door and see if is closed. Sometimes it happens. If that is the case, take a screwdriver and stick inside the latch, pull the handle and then pull the latch open.

Latch may look like this.


Should look like this.
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I haven't been able to find a post that answers my door situation. The driver's door won't latch easily - it will eventually latch about one out of 50 tries, but the other 49 it just bounces open. The actual latch on the door will not click/snap closed with a screwdriver like all the other doors. Perhaps there's a broken spring or loose screw? When the door does latch, the interior/exterior lights go out as usual. Any help is appreciated... Dan
I'm an idiot. Didn't read your post all the way or read it wrong. Just disregard my post and laugh at me.
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Thanks for the help friends! I ended up trying what was suggested for doors that don't LOCK, and doors that make the AJAR light stay on, etc. I cleaned the visible parts of latch with brake fluid as suggested on this site, and then drowned the latch with silicone spray. Within two slams of the door (light, careful slams....) it latched and kept latching. I oilspray my vehicles twice per year due to the extremely high amount of winter salt usage on these Vermont roads. I think the blend of bar & chain oil and ATF was gumming up these latches. All's well here now... Thanks again!
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Well it didn't take long to start acting up again. Same deal. I've drowned the latch several times with silicone - won't engage and stay shut. Any ideas anyone? Something broken? It will eventually latch about every 50th slam shut.... Dan
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I would get a new one! Once you get the door panel apart and remove the plastic door handle the latch may be easily reached. Just unbolt it and replace it with another. There may be a better one in the junkyard? Maybe you could clean it better? Maybe the latch needs to be adjusted some?

Or you might beable to clean it out better with the door panel apart?
They are real easy to take off ...

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