So, today, a beautiful car suffers a major malfunction.
My passenger side door will not close.
I was parked in the mall parking lot, inside getting my mother a christmas present (such a loving son I am), and when I come out, some ($#)-head in a Jeep TJ Sport has parked hisself a good.. 2 inches away from my driver's side door.
So, "No big deal," I think to myself as I use my (finally) functional keyless entry to unlock the doors, "I'll just go through the passenger door."
So, I pull the lever for the passenger door, and the door doesn't want to move. Lovingly, I give it a gentle tug and, with a very slight cracking noise which I assume to have been ice buildup around the door, it opens.
I silently apologise to my car for the cracking, as well as the fact that I'm about to crawl through it's interior with snow-and-dirt-covered workboots in a very un-professional manner.
I sit in the passenger seat and pull the door closed.
Door doesn't close.
So, I look at the door, puzzled, and give it a gentle pull closed again.
Doesn't stay closed.
So I take my house key and push on the latch.
Latch moves all the way into the position at with, I'd imagine, it should lock itself in place for the safety of the passenger.
Pops back open.
Now, we've established that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong with my door latch.
The question I have for you, oh fellow owners of the most difficult yet beautiful vehicle in it's price-range, is what's going on here? is there a possibility that somethings simply frozen up and a good thaw will solve my problem? Or has something actually broken? It's a good... 20 degrees celsius below 0, and I normally keep my baby outside, as other family members feel their vehicles (ie. my grandfather's Mercedes) are more important to keep warm, and I'm praying that it's just the cold that's causing this problem, but I'd like to know if anyone else has ever had this issue? Has anyone seen the mechanism in question? And if so, did it look like something might break on it in the event that X amount of force was applied to it in the cold (where X is equivalent to a gentle slam (and i do mean gentle) or a gentle jerk (once again, I do mean gentle)?
(I'm keeping Loni in the garage tonight (yes.. I named her Loni, and I hand was her, and detail her every week, and check her fluids every two weeks) in hopes that it's just something that's gotten cold and will thaw out)
I hope that somehow, by the will of the powers that be, it's sorted itself out by tomorrow morning when I check it, or that when I check these forums in frustration tomorrow, some guru has stepped forth and offered his knowledge.
I'm going to go drink until I don't have the mental capacity to think about this now.