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Young Punk
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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.
FRIK.
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. :beer::beer::beer::beer::beer::beer:
 

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unfortunatly with all the cold weather it could be that the metal has frozen. my suggestion to you is that you take the door panel off and see if the metal rods that control your latch hasnt popped off, or worse, the clips that hold them broken.
 

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Young Punk
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It turned out it was just frozen. Still, a scary situation it was to make left hand doors and get a nice cold blast of Calgary winter in my face. All's well with my baby now, I'm hoping it will stay that way too. the driving has been a bit hellish on those all seasons (we have a winter tire shortage here due to the laws passed making winter tires a requirement for Quebec and Ontario (it always seems they take everything from the west, in exchange for old men who lie a lot lol)) Oh well. She'll be going in for a full servicing in the next few months (probably in March, as my birthday present to myself).
 

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Wow:eek:
Glad to hear all is better. Thanks for keeping us up to date with this issue. I hope you don't have that prob again!
 

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you should print out some pages like i did that has Micky Mouse giving the finger saying next time leave a can opener so I can get my car out.
 

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No loose bolts on the doors that I've noticed, in about a half hour I'm getting dressed and rolling my baby into the shop for a good stern talking to about how our relationship is going. Hahah.
Basically, On thursday I drove 1000 kilometers out to Coquitlam through the rocky mountains. Made it in 10 hours, so I'm not complaining, but at the same time, on some of the downhill slopes I noticed that if I applied the brakes too hard, or for too long, the car started to shudder like some sort of possessed demon. It almost felt as though the I was going to fly off the road (Not the kinda of feeling you want to get on a 2-lane highway with a 1000 foot drop to one side and a rock cliff on the other, with no cellphone reception at all, and semi trucks flying around the corners at 100 kilometers per hour)thankfully, I made it. The next day, I did my drive back, which went much more smoothly. But at the same time, My girlfriend and some of my family live in the Vancouver area, And I'd like to visit them in a non-life-threatening manner. That and the fact that the car is doing that kinda scares me, because we have a few roads here where we go up to 100, and drivers are idiots (hence the gouge in my dashboard :'()... all it would really take is for that to happen and something to break.... and we could very easily see a major pile-up. I'll be posting about this in a new thread, I've looked around and haven't really seen anything like it yet.

also, I know all about the "[email protected]$$hole.com" site.. I carry 8 of their tickets in my glovebox, just in case ;D
 
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