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replace latch / lock inside door?
Friday, February 21, 2020 7:12 AM
Is there a way to replace the lock and latch mechanism inside the door - the thing that hits the striker on the body of the car when you close the door? It snowed, iced and froze last night when I went to close the door - the whole thing shattered and disappeared sunken way deep inside the door where I can't see, spin, or move it at all. Now the door won't close all the way, I can't drive the car, can't even close the door if I leave it parked somewhere - let alone lock it. Major disaster for me. Have no idea what to do. Not to mention water is getting inside because door is open enough to let it pour in. I don't even know how to begin, where to go, who to seek out to repair it. Don't see the part listed anywhere. The only things I can find online are the cylinder where you put the key, which is not what I am talking about.

Re: replace latch / lock inside door?
Friday, February 21, 2020 8:20 AM
I would hit the local boneyard to either score the parts you need to fix it or to replace the entire door. You might even luck out and find a color match for a complete door swap-out. An entire door is not too much $.

I think that I have suggested the boneyard strategy before for some of your easier posts and I think there is an LKQ Pick your part near where your profile says you are. You can visit the LKQ site and see what Cavs & Sunfires are in the yard. Happy hunting!

You could also check Craigslist and maybe score an entire Cavalier close to your year for $200 for parts if you have the space for it.

Re: replace latch / lock inside door?
Friday, February 21, 2020 9:58 PM
Yea seems like ur cavs been giving u a ton of issues. Junk yard is the best place to find parts altho thats not even that good anymore.

ReD RaiN
Re: replace latch / lock inside door?
Sunday, February 23, 2020 10:34 AM

Thanks for the replies. I have never been to LKQ or any place like that. What is the deal? From what I can tell you pay some admission fee, bring your own tools and then go see what you can find? Anything else I should know before heading there? If the generic prices for latches and hinges are any indication (or exactly) what I can expect - that is one hell of an insane difference between the parts stores, let alone the dealer. I can't even FIND the hinges anywhere.

Any idea what the weight of a 2-door driver's door is? I am going to find out. The only thing I can think of is using a jack with a pillow or something on top to steady the bottom of the door. Then I'd have to hold it with my left hand and to all the work with my right hand. But after driving around town holding the door closed (or as closed as I can get it) and doing everything else with my right hand, I feel more ready for anything.
Re: replace latch / lock inside door?
Sunday, February 23, 2020 4:30 PM
Visit the lkqpickyourpart website and find the one that is closest to you. The price list for the parts will be there on that page too. It might be easiest to just buy the entire door - especially if you luck out and get a color match. You can search for cavaliers in their search box to see if any are in the yard. Also note the row number so you can head right for it. They usually have carts or wheelbarrows there for hauling the parts back to checkout. The doors are kind of heavy - maybe 40lbs or so. They don't let you take jacks in sometimes so if you need one you sometimes need to find one they might have missed in another car's trunk. You can also use other things you may find like seat cushions . Floor mats from nearby cars are good to use to prevent scratches. Always be sure to be neat and put them back though. The next guy there might want that exact part - you never know.

The latch component itself may not be on the parts list and sometimes various places will react differently if you remove a part from a larger assembly that they may have a price for. I always try to remove parts cleanly and neatly without damaging anything else. There is nothing worse than needing a part and then finding a part only to find it ruined by some idiot while they were removing something else - wire cut harnesses really ticks me off. It took me forever to find a 98 Z24 front headlight harness even though I found 2 prior ones only to find they had been cut.

If you do decide to go ahead and remove the entire door longhandled straight ratcheting wrenches work the best by far. Exchanging the lockset once you get one should not be too hard. Good luck!

Re: replace latch / lock inside door?
Sunday, March 01, 2020 9:39 AM
Have spent the last week + searching every corner of the internet for any diagrams, videos, photos....anything that would show how those rods are supposed to get off and on the latch. It is totally impossible to see, reach, feel or know how everything is connected back in there. Can't see from the top, can't see from the inside of the door - not enough room to even get more than 1 eye in the door panel and even that is about a foot or more from the connections, let alone that it is all hidden behind other support pieces and crap.
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