Vectra Door Lock Jammed

Discussion in 'Vectra' started by e1t0r0, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. e1t0r0

    e1t0r0 Guest

    Hi all, I have a bit of a prob with my 96 vectra, tha front passenger
    door lock wont come up and hence I cant get the door to open. The lock
    stopped working with the central locking mechanism but could still be
    operated manually using the door knob, however the lock now refuses to
    move at all. It is stuck solid and cant be lifted manually.
    I hope this makes sense to someone and look forward to hearing what
    you all make of it.

    Cheers, John
    e1t0r0, Aug 8, 2005
  2. e1t0r0

    mikeFNB Guest

    there are a couple of old threads on this, just look back a bit.
    I would be inclined to check the actuator arm or solenoid blot mech.
    pull the door panel off and check it is getting 12volts when the button is
    might just be no volts or a stuck solenoid.

    mikeFNB, Aug 8, 2005
  3. e1t0r0

    ARNK Guest

    Had a similar problem on my Cavalier - here's my 2p worth before you pull
    your door apart. First try spraying some WD40/spray grease into the lock
    keyhole - Vauxhall deadlocks tend to get gunged up and stick. If you can
    get the door open then try spraying some more into the lock mechanism
    through the lock opening in the edge of the door. The central locking on
    the driver's door is operated from a small microswitch on the back of the
    lock cylinder - not sure if there is something similar on the passenger
    door. If the lock cylinder is not turning properly then the microswitch
    won't get triggered.

    ARNK, Aug 8, 2005
  4. e1t0r0

    e1t0r0 Guest

    Thanks for the replies, however the main problem is that I cant get the
    door open to let me get access to the lock to spray it or anything else
    for that matter. Without getting the door open I cant get to the screws
    that keep the interior door panel in place.
    Its a bit like the chicken and the egg
    Still stumped
    e1t0r0, Aug 9, 2005
  5. e1t0r0

    Mike Guest

    Dunno about cavs, but vectras do not have keyholes on n/s/f door.

    2 suggestions tho'

    1-wind window down and try to squirt something like wd40 down towards the
    lock with the little tube you get with the tins (down the side of the glass)

    2-sounds silly, but lean on the door from the outside (to take any pressure
    off the lock/striker mechanism) then try to unlock/open.

    Mike, Aug 9, 2005
  6. e1t0r0

    me140 Guest

    I have managed to get into a Vectra before when the lock had failed - it was
    rough and brutal.
    I managed to get the screws out and pull the door panel out at the top - not
    all the way off. I then got a long screw driver and a hammer and smashed the
    back off the burnt out lock until I could get to the lever to manually open
    the door. Had to fit a new latch obviously but door panel was fine. Took
    about an hour.
    me140, Aug 9, 2005
  7. e1t0r0

    e1t0r0 Guest

    Cheers for that guys, I think I will try the WD 40 suggestion before I
    go in with the hammer.
    e1t0r0, Aug 9, 2005
  8. e1t0r0

    r3duf Guest

    Vectras do have problems with the door locks the back doors on mine have
    both been changed and my mate has had the front changed. The mechanism that
    operates the solanoid usually fails.
    I have managed to open the door by applying a pair of pliers to the button
    and given it a sharp tug upwards Open your window to make this easier
    My front is playing up and it looks like a new unit is required quite
    expensive at a main dealer around £100.00 to renew and fit You can try
    Best of luck
    r3duf, Aug 9, 2005
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