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sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Chrysler
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Driver side door won't latch. 2006 Pacifica. I have the

Customer Question

Driver side door won't latch
JA: What is the model/year of your Chrysler?
Customer: 2006 Pacifica
JA: Are you fixing your Pacifica yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. I have the panel off and cable is stretched
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Can't unlock the car with the key
JA: Is this your first time dealing with this issue?
Customer: Yes
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

There are several things that could be going on depending on exactly what you're experiencing. It may be the latch itself, the linkage may be stuck in the release position, there could be a striker or door adjustment issue, or the latch pawl may be in the closed position with the door open.

Does it get to nearly the point where it would close and then hits solidly and bounces back?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
it does
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 months ago.

You should note that the latch pawl is in the closed position then. If so then you'll need to insert a screwdriver where the striker would be, pull the handle to open and at the same time use the screwdriver to rotate the pawl back to the open position.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have done that and it is stuck in the open position and doesn't latch
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 months ago.

It's not hitting solidly against the pawl then.

If the handle linkage is not stuck in the release position then the latch is going to need to be replaced.