7 Reasons Your Car Door Won’t Open

7 Reasons Your Car Door Won’t Open

It is quite common for car doors to have problems since they are the most commonly used parts of the car making them develop problems like not opening from both the inside and outside.

The good news though, is that this is a resolvable issue. Before you get to fixing the issue, it’s important to understand why it’s happening and what the possible causes could be.

1. Unknowingly locking your doors

As unlikely as it may sound, one of the most obvious reasons your car door won’t open is that it is locked, or the deadlock is activated and you are unaware.

Many modern car models have doors that automatically lock for added security. In addition, most modern cars have child safety locks that prevent the doors from opening when the child safety locks are engaged.

Solution: Unlock your door, deactivate the child safety lock, and try to open the doors again. If the lock is broken, you can try repeatedly pressing the open and close buttons until you can open the door.

2. Seatbelt not fully retracted

A seatbelt that does not fully retract can also cause issues when opening the door, whether you are inside or outside the car.

When the seatbelt does not retract completely, it frequently closes inside the car door, and it can sometimes cover the latching mechanism, causing everything to jam and thus preventing the door from opening.

Solution: Pull the seatbelt out of the latch to allow the door to open smoothly.

3. Accumulation of dirt and rust

Another common reason your car door won’t open from the inside or outside is a buildup of dirt and rust on the door mechanics.

Rust and dirt accumulate on the door parts as they are exposed to the elements in various driving conditions. This rust can then cause the door latch to jam, making it difficult to open.

Solution: The best solution for rust in your car door is to use a lubricant.

5. Faulty mechanics or Broken Lock

The door is a more complex car component than it appears. It has many components and parts that work together to ensure that it opens and closes smoothly.

If there is a problem with any of the door mechanics components, one of the warning signs is that the door will not open.

Loose or broken rods and cables are among the most common causes of mechanical failure on your car door.

Solution: You must identify the problematic part of the lock, which may necessitate taking the vehicle to a locksmith or calling one over. Repairs may include repairing the lock assembly and replacing specific components such as rods and replacing the entire lock or even the door panel.

6. Handle Problems

In some cases, the source of your problems will be the handle rather than the door. You need the handle to unlock the lock mechanism, and if it isn’t working properly, this becomes difficult, resulting in difficulty opening your door.

The issue could be with either the inside or outside door handle, or both. Handle mechanics, such as worn-out or broken springs, are sometimes unable to trigger the door opening mechanism.

Solution: Removing and replacing the handle entirely is the best solution.

7. Damaged Door

Another common reason your car door won’t open is bent frame metal, dents, displaced/broken bottom panels or the rubber door lining resulting in the door not opening from either side/difficulty in opening and closing them,

Solution: Replacing a damaged door is the best way to repair it. While the door can be repaired, it will never work the same way again in most cases. So if you want to avoid dealing with stuck doors in the future, a replacement is the best option.


From dirt and rust buildup to damaged doors, a variety of factors can cause your door to become stuck and refuse to open no matter how hard you try.

To effectively address the issue if it happens to you, you should always begin by inspecting the door to determine the underlying cause.

When it comes to dealing with this issue, locksmiths such as CarKey Masters will be very helpful if it’s a complex fix, but there are a few fixes you can do yourself, such as lubrication.

Locked out of your car? We’ll come to your rescue in no time! Just give us a call on 0727 262 605 and we’ll get you back in.

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