How do you open a stuck car door?

What’s the best way to open a stuck car door? My driver’s side door is jammed, so I’ve been sliding in from the passenger’s side. I think it’s about time I get it fixed.

Sarah Gray · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Follow these steps to open a stuck car door:
  • Spray WD-40 directly into the lock and use your metal key to try unlocking it.
If you’re able to open the door: Re-open and close it a few times to ensure it continues working—this may be all you have to do. If the door doesn’t open, or it continues to stick after opening once, follow these steps to access the interior lock mechanism.
  • Step 1: Unscrew the inside door handle.
  • Step 2: Remove the interior door panel.
  • Step 3: Locate the lock mechanism beneath the door handle.
  • Step 4: Identify the issue in your lock mechanism. Check for rust, stuck pieces, or dislodged components.
  • Step 5: Clean the lock mechanism with a mixture of white vinegar and warm water.
  • Step 6: Lubricate the lock mechanism with WD-40, and check to see that it moves as it should.
  • Step 7: Replace the door panel and door handle.
Hopefully, you fixed the issue! If you’re still having trouble opening the door, bring your vehicle to a mechanic.
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