2004 Optima Door Lock Fault – Kia Forum

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2004 Optima Door Fault

A couple months the driver front door on our 2004 Kia Optima started us problems. If you were in the car and locked the you could not unlock it. If you were and tried to use the keyfob to unlock the it would not unlock.

If you tried to use the it felt like something was and the actuator would automatically

We took the car to the local Kia dealership we had purchased the car new, and the shop us that it was a faulty door actuator . The mechanic did not open the but said that this was a problem. They estimated plus labor to repair. As an solution, the mechanic told us to the key and pull the handle simultaneously. The worked about 30% of the time.

It still does not solve the that once you’re you have to crawl out through the side to exit. Or go Dukes of on it.

After a few Google searches, I that he was correct in part of his the part that it is a common I have run across several of people having issues their Kia door locks.

I am a real DIY guy, and an aircraft by trade. So this weekend, I to open the door and take a for myself.

What I found is the actuator was fine. The fault was the latch mechanism (called checker in the Kia service manual). Not the mind you. the latch; the part that latches the striker when the door is

To determine the fault, I first the door panel. Remove 1 in the grab handle pocket, 1 the door open lever, and 2 at the forward edge, the bottom and the rear edge. Remove the window-corner speaker if equipped.

Then lift off the door Don’t lift too far, are wires to disconnect.

Once the panel was removed, I removed the door handle. Two bolts on the of the door secure it. Use 10mm to remove them.

Then the connecting linkages by flipping the catches on each to the side. should allow you to pop the linkage the socket. The heavy linkage is a harder, as it has a locking groove. You may a jewelers screwdriver or dental to open the plastic socket a Be very careful not to get forceful or you breaking the plastic catch.

The actual lock mechanism 1/8 turn and slides out of the handle Set the handle aside.

Now disconnect the from the actuator, again by the plastic catch to one side and the linkage from the socket.

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Finally, disconnect the linkage goes to the interior lock the door-open handle.

With linkages disconnected and the door out, remove the plastic on the latch mechanism. You should now be to peer in and work the lock and levers independently and find the

On my particular latch, the plastic (yes, they used had worn and become loose. allowed the rotating part of the to rotate too far, which in caused a bind when you try to the mechanism. The security system that the latch is not properly causing the actuator to immediately and relock the doors.

If you confirm that this is problem, then remove the screws that hold the in place and replace the mechanism. I mine from a salvage for $30.

Total time to and repair was about 3 hours but you should be quicker since you have an advantage in knowing you’re looking for!

I this helps somebody.

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