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Ok, i am about to throw this fucking door into lake michigan. Every time i lock it, it won't open once i use the key to unlock it from the outside. If the door locking chamber is clean (meaning not locked) it will occasionally bang against the nob that holds the clamps on the door to the vehicle. This only happens every once in a while. In order to avoid this bang of the door against the nob on the frame of the vehicle, i half to pull the handle to clear the chamber and there is a cracking noise that signals the chamber has cleared. This happens every once in a while but about 75% of the time it bangs the knob. I am beyond frustrated and want this to be fixed. I cannot lock the door or else i cannot unlock the chamber from outside, causing me to go around to the passenger side and then open the driver door.

Has anyone else had this problem... i am wanna fucking kill this door.
(Sorry about the rant but it's incredibly frustrating to hear that BANG in the middle of winter when you're freezing, just got back from work and would like to have the door shut.... with a nice smooth *CLICK.)

Thanks.
 

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I feel your pain. On mine, the metal clip that's supposed to hold the rod from the outer handle to the latch is broken and someone repaired it with some wire. The wire apparently has come undone so the outer door handle just flaps, not hooked to anything. My window has been down since October so I can open it with the interior handle.

I can't wait for spring. :(
 

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I have had a couple different problems with mine. One, like mentioned is the clip that holds the rod. If it's broken, buy the new part. Second, I had found that the rod had gotten slightly bent causing it to want to flex rather than push to unlock the latch. If so, straighten it out. Both of these items require you to pull the inner door panel and use some common sense.

Regarding the door latch stricking the striker pin wrong, the striker pins are in a big slotted hole. Loosen it up and realign it. None of this stuff is rocket science, just requires some mechanical knowledge and patience.

Have patience.:thumb:
 

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Mine gets sticky in the winter. If I try to unlock it with the key when it's really cold it just bends the Z bracket on the lock cylinder, so I can't use the key until I bend it back. I usually have to pull the doors off at least once a winter and bring them in side for a lube job, since I hate leaving my doors unlocked.
 

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If the door locking chamber is clean (meaning not locked) it will occasionally bang against the nob that holds the clamps on the door to the vehicle. This only happens every once in a while. In order to avoid this bang of the door against the nob on the frame of the vehicle, i half to pull the handle to clear the chamber and there is a cracking noise that signals the chamber has cleared. This happens every once in a while but about 75% of the time it bangs the knob. I am beyond frustrated and want this to be fixed. I cannot lock the door or else i cannot unlock the chamber from outside, causing me to go around to the passenger side and then open the driver door.
It sounds like your latch is not fully releasing when you open the door and remaining in the primary position, although the striker is still getting out of the latch (or the door would not open). Whiterhino may be correct. The efforts may have gone up enough with the assembly's age and lubrication loss that the rod may have bent slightly and no longer provides the full range of travel when you pull the inside lever, although the outside handle still does the job since it does not use the same rod.

As far as I know, CJ and YJ doors are pretty much identical but I'm not 100% sure on the latch. I do have this CJ passenger latch sitting around if you cannot fix or find whatever is wrong after you pull the trim panel and look at the rods and want to try it.

 

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Thanks for the information. I think there is a difference between the CJ and Yj. The panel surrounding the latch is separate and therefore might result in a different make. Thanks a lot for the information, i think i may have to just buy the new part completely.

Any more information/suggestions would be helpful, thanks guys.
 

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Thanks for the information. I think there is a difference between the CJ and Yj. The panel surrounding the latch is separate

Yeah, so is the one pictured. This is what they look like without the latch in them:

 

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ahhhh cj/yj doors

my locs dont un lock well when its cold eather new lock clynders dident entirely fix it but helped so im not sure why they ar so finicy about cold yet.
 
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