This may have happened to you. You drive somewhere and get out of your vehicle only to try closing the door and it just won’t stay closed! What a helpless feeling. You can’t lock it; you can’t leave it like it is. Or, let’s say you head down to your vehicle to head out to work in the morning and you can’t open the door. What are you going to do now?
Vehicle doors take a lot of abuse. They are opened and closed hundreds of times and we expect them to just keep working perfectly all the time. They do require a bit of tender loving care. Let’s take a look at two different scenarios of stuck doors.
First: the door that won’t close. It’s a security issue. It’s also a safety issue. You can’t really safely drive a vehicle with a door that won’t close. What if you or a passenger is tossed out? Sure, some people try to tie a stuck-open door closed or bungee it, but that’s dangerous. It’s best to get that vehicle to the service repair facility as soon as you can, and having it towed is the safest way.
Second: the door that won’t open. There are many reasons this can happen. Freezing weather is one, a misaligned door is another. There could be electrical issues. Corrosion could have broken a part inside the door. The possibilities, unfortunately, are numerous.
If you can’t get into your vehicle’s driver’s door, with any luck another door might open and you can climb into the driver’s seat and head on to the repair facility. A lot of people may be tempted to try to fix a stuck door themselves, but many wind up causing more damage to the door and have to have a trained technician step in to repair the mess.
One way to minimize the possibility of having a door stick open or closed is to make sure it gets regular maintenance. Door locks, hinges and latches should be lubricated at certain intervals. Locks should be kept clean. While many vehicles now have electronic locks, sometimes an electrical failure in the vehicle or key fob can inadvertently lock you out. Nearly every vehicle has a mechanical key in case that happens; if you don’t know how that works, have your service advisor show you how.
Also, you technician can make sure your doors are properly aligned and aren’t sagging. All of these things can help you keep your doors opening and closing the way they were designed to. Your next trip may “hinge” on your doors being in top condition.