How do I fix my unopenable car door?

I can't get my car door open! Is this something I can fix at home, or do I need to call a tow truck?

Answer
“If your door is stuck or malfunctioning, there is a chance you’ll be able to open it yourself.
The issue may be your locking mechanism is sticking. This means the key is having difficulty entering the keyhole. Try adding lubrication to the lock to get your key in.
Another issue may be the key itself. The key could be bent or broken without your knowledge. Or, you may have locked the keys in your car. If you have a spare key, try to use that to open the door.
The issue could also be the door latch. Emergency unlocking tools (available at hardware stores) or coat hangers can be used to get the latch open. However, these options will often scratch your car, so be wary before trying this option.
If all these options fail, call a locksmith. The issue might be with the lock itself and a professional locksmith should be able to give you access to your vehicle.
As a last resort, call a tow and let a mechanic figure out how to get your door open.
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Rachel Juillerat
Answered on Aug 20, 2021
Rachel Juillerat has her Master's in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College. You can view her work in the Independent, Cupid's Pulse, and the Penmen Review. She has worked in personal finance for five years before transitioning to insurance. She lives in Boston, where she spends her time exploring small New England towns, learning new skills, and napping through her cat's zoomies.
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