Driver's Side Sliding Door Lock Stuck in Locked Position
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Thread: Driver's Side Sliding Door Lock Stuck in Locked Position

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    Exclamation Driver's Side Sliding Door Lock Stuck in Locked Position

    Hi,

    I have a 2001 Odyssey EX. After reading multiple posts, I am unable to find the answer to my problem.

    A little boy was pulling on the handle of the driver's side sliding door at the same time I was trying to unlock the door and now the slide lock will not budge out of the locked position. If I pull and hold the slide lock towards the open position and pull the handle at the same time, the door will open automatically. It shuts automatically just fine.

    So, basically the door opens and closes automatically as it should. The slide lock, however, is stuck in the locked position. Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing my stuck lock?

    Thanks for reading my post.

    Frustrated soccer mom,
    Melissa
    Last edited by Melissa8; 07-20-2010 at 09:25 PM.

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    Help Anyone?

    Does anyone have any ideas for a solution to my problem?? I would sure appreciate any suggestions.

    Melissa

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    More than likely the switch that tells the door controller the fuel door is not closed. Open the gas filler door and check for a bent arm or missing plastic piece.
    Fuel Filler & Left Sliding Doors Weren't Working
    Last edited by William Wiles; 07-22-2010 at 09:05 AM.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I looked at the fuel door and all is functional. The arm is not bent and the black rubber piece is in place.

    The lock got stuck when the little boy kept pulling on the outside handle as I was pushing the remote to unlock. Argh!!

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Melissa

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    If the lock pulls back in lock when you manually unlock it then the switch in the fuel fill door is probably not making which means the door is slightly bent. It is a common problem as the door gets hit with the pump handle. The circuit is designed to lock the sliding door if the fuel door is open (or thinks it is open). Other than that you are going to have to pull the door panel and diagnose what is causing it. You are too hung up on the door handle thing which was probably just a coincidence.

    Also check the Fuel door release lever by the driver door is working freely.
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    I am unable to manually unlock the door. It is stuck in the locked position.

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    At this point the inside cover will have to be removed to see what is hanging up the lock.

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    is there a thread about how to remove the panel??? I can't figure out how to get the inside door handle off on the sliding door. I have a very similar problem except for the door isn't stuck locked, its stuck unlocked. That door won't lock and can be opened any time.

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    As with almost all door handles you pull the clip with a spring hook. You can see the clip by pressing in on the trim vover and looking down behind the handle.
    Clips can be popped out with a forked tool from the auto parts store or a screwdriver. You stand a chance of damaging the panel with a screwdriver. Tape it up if used. Procedure and pictures can be found in the OEM service manual.
    Last edited by William Wiles; 07-25-2010 at 05:09 PM.

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    thanks! I got it. Unfortunately that little clip flew off somewhere! oh well, figures.

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    Thank you for this! My fuel door was bent down a little bit and was not contacting the plunger. I lifted it up and voila! Problem solved! Passenger slider now unlocks.

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    Where is the "official" door topic? I am looking for a "magical" solution to maintain the door contact. I am finding that I need to use the eraser cleaning more often, at least every six months or more often. I do recall that once I had tried to use DeOxite but it actually started causing lots of problems. I had to clean it with alcohol before the doors would work again.

    Over the weekend, I had one door beeping on turns. After using the eraser trick, the beeping stopped but later the driver door would not unlock. I verified the fuel door interlock mechanism but that was working fine. While the door was open, I tried locking and unlocking and then I realized that when the door is open, it is completely electrically isolated. So there must be separate pin connection in the door for unlock and lock. The lock was working but unlock was not. I used the eraser again and now both lock and unlock started working. I hope it lasts for a while.

    Anybody got a better solution? My door junction blocks are still the original 1999. Mine did not get free TSB. I know NOT to touch sandpaper on them but is there anything better than eraser and/or alcohol?

    - Vikas

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    Just try toggling the gas cap release lever and make sure the cap is shut ('01 Ody). Today the passenger side door would not unlock ...you know, when you have four kids in the van in a parking lot and the door won't open and you push buttons and pull handles and it just won't open. Ah ha! The problem is that it won't unlock. I pushed the manual lock open and pulled the handle and the door opened. All kids out. To test, I toggled the driver door lock switch and all doors lock/unlock except the driver side sliding door (can't see the passenger side lock, but that door works anyway). Later at home it still won't work so I read up on how the doors work and it turns out the gas cap has a lock-out--you knew it had to-- so out I went and pulled on the gas release tab (no friction or 'catch' felt on that action), the cap opened and I closed it and tried the locks and they work! Yea. The cap wasn't open or obvious but that is what it was. Repeated tests showed the lever has 'catch' feel to it when you pull it up. Easy fix, eh?. So, it's a feature, not a bug!

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