04 rio and drivers side door lock


Mark55
03-07-2008, 07:41 PM
my daughter calls today says her front drivers door is locked and won't open. (the car has manual locks) calls later says she got it open. i get home and find that the door lock (beside the window, the one you pull up or push down to lock and unlock)is no-where to be seen. I'm assuming that it fell down inside the door. is there an easy fix to this? do i remove the door panel and feed it back up through? or is there more to it. thanks in advance.

tempfixit
04-13-2008, 08:32 AM
my daughter calls today says her front drivers door is locked and won't open. (the car has manual locks) calls later says she got it open. i get home and find that the door lock (beside the window, the one you pull up or push down to lock and unlock)is no-where to be seen. I'm assuming that it fell down inside the door. is there an easy fix to this? do i remove the door panel and feed it back up through? or is there more to it. thanks in advance.

Sounds like the lock rod came unhooked from the latch. Take off door panel, should be 6 or 7 phillips head screws. When removing panel you will need to turn the panel a little to get the door latch lever out of the panel leaving the latch and rod attached to mechanism. Then take out the three screws holding the latch mechanism, pull the poly liner off the top left corner (closet to the lock and unlock button)that is attached with a tacky rubber sealant, just pull it down far enough to get mechanism out of door. You should be able to figure out where rod disconnected or if anything broke.

Do yourself a favor while you have it apart and replace the small spring on the mechanism (approxamitlly 1/4" wide by 3/4" long, they are known for breaking and the door cannot be opened) I found the spring at my local Ace Hardware store for $0.90. Hopefully mechanism is not broken.

Good Luck and hope this helps

Reason for edit: Just realized this post is over a month but maybe it will helps someone later on.

FJ13
04-04-2009, 08:40 AM
Thanks for posting that Q, I have the same problem with my Kia Rio JB 2007 driver door can not lock or unlock only sometime lock but can not unlock but passenger door locks and unlocks all doors but again I have every time to go to the other side to lock/unlock the car so that make me to go to kia dealer and programmed remote keyless entry but only he could do driver side remote lock/unlock left side of the vehicle I have to lock by key very unusual operation, does anyone has problem like this one?.

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