1990 Honda Accord - drivers door won't open
No trouble with door in the past. This morning it will not open
from inside or outside. Everything feels OK with lock and door
handles. But the door doesnt budge.
So what do I do to try to fix it myself. Or where do I take it,
a body shop ? I don't like the dealer. For this old a car they
want to charge an arm and a leg and it isnt worth it.
Gene, the door has to come apart for it to get fixed. You can figure out
how to take it apart yourself or have someone else take it apart for
you. You have to figure out where the screws are hidden and get them out.
I did this for different cars, and it is a pain in the butt, but not
Put the car keys on the seat. Lock all your doors and close them.
Call AAA. Tell them you locked yourself out and you need them to open the
door with their burglar tools.
The guy will unlock the door but discover he can't open it. You can then
ask him to manipulate the linkage from inside the door and get it open for
you. Evidently the door is now broken and you need to fix it, and you can't
fix it with the door shut, right?
You pay for AAA. Might as well use it.
I'm always astonished how fast they can break into cars. A few seconds, no
The point is that with the door open, you can now remove the door panel and
fix the broken clip. You can't do that with the door stuck shut.
The AAA will get your door open for FREE. Beats paying a body shop or
dealer, no? Plus the AAA guys are so experienced at this they do it with no
damage to door or trim.
One of the costs of running AAA is paying for the service calls that the
tow truck and lock smiths make. If our costs go up, so do the fees.
If you have to lie to the operator and the people who come out to open
your vehicle, that should tell you you're doing something dishonest.
Of course they go up. If enough people abuse the "emergency"
feature like this, it's going to show up. This problem
exists in the U.S. Real problems with insurance fraud exist.
But people take advantage of the masses all the time.
Welfare and all. So it's okay in many people's minds to do
as you suggest.
All right then.
Call AAA and tell them you're NOT a AAA member. Ask them how much to come
over and open your door for you. Just say you trust them to get in quickly
and without damage, which is why you're calling them.
OP wanted a cheap alternative to bodyshop or garage. I gave him one. I
guess I should have considered the morality of the one I gave before doing
(And I suppose it's a shocking indictment of my own morality that I
hadn't thought of this until now.)
Just call AAA and tell them the truth: You ARE a AAA member. You have a
non-emergency situation. Your car door is stuck shut because something
broke inside of it. You need to get the door panel off before you can
get inside the door to fix it. You trust AAA to be able to get inside
the door quickly and without damage and pop the latch open, which is why
you're calling them. How much would they charge to come over and do it?
Never hurts to ask.
Indeed. Just like going to the doc's office or hospital
without insurance and asking if they give a discount for
Many docs and hospitals in the U.S. now do. Today more
haggling over prices takes place in U.S. medicine than in
the street markets of Mexico.
And please spare me how this is not a problem in Canada. :-)
Screw morality, since it varies with people's moods. My
argument is based in something black-and-white: Mass
economics which depends in no small part on people
We gotta live together. Cheapest way of living together en
masse is to cooperate with certain rules designed to make
things as inexpensive en masse as possible.
I would very much be inclined to call AAA and ask how much
to open my busted door. It is an emergency in that one
cannot get out of the car while sitting at a traffic light.
We do have a major safety issue here. I wonder whether Honda
might even cover this under warranty.
In 2001 the auto retractor on my driver's side seat belt
failed on my 91 Civic. Turns out it has a seat belt
warranty. I did not pay a cent to have it fixed. It was not
a cheap fix, based on how long it took them.
Speculation is drowning substantive discussion lately here.
I doubt it, too, but it's worth checking the warranty or
making a call.
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