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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 03, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Fellow camaro junkies,

On my 69 project the latch on the door that clamps onto the striker is stuck in the downward position. Luckily or (unluckily) the door is open.

I searched the forum and found I need to replace the small spring inside the door. So I checked out the inside of the door and sure enough found the spring is missing on the driver side.

I installed a new spring and all the linkage appear to work correctly (double checked version the passenger side that works great), but the latch is stuck in the down position. Obviously, the door won't close cuz the latch bangs into the striker.

The door lines up fine. Any ideas? Bad door lock mechanism?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 03, 07:23 AM
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You might try gently prying on the latch with an old screwdriver. Could be that it got jammed when it hit the striker in the closed position. You might want to hit it with some spray lube while you're at it...

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Doh, I tried both already without any luck.

The latch is stuck in the down position.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 03, 09:42 AM
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did you try it with the button pressed in and the door unlocked

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Excellent idea.

I will try tonight...

Thanks for the help...

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 03, 09:05 PM
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push the door release button on the outside handle, and use your free hand to flip the thing to the "open" position.
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Thanks for the help guys. The latch does release
when I push the door button in. So I can move it into the up position with my free hand.

Yet, it will not spring back to the "up" position like the passenger side. Is there another internal spring inside the door lock mechanism that tensions the latch upwards.

I already replaced the spring just below the door handle.

Any thoughts?

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I can't ever remember that the latch pops back to the open postion, as you describe.
I always have had to push it up when pushing on the release.
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Just to follow up I solved the problem.

There are two springs on the door latch mechanism.

One that is easily replaced near the push botton handle.

There is another spring on the inside of the latch mechanism that is riveted in that tensions the latch in the up position. This broke on mind and hence the latch was "loose."

To solve the problem I got a new door latch mechanism and everything works great...

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