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2005 Pontiac Pursuit/G5 - Driver's door latch/lock actuator not working


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automotively_challanged
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Jun 27, 2016, 8:59 AM

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Hey there,

Hoping someone here might have some hints as to how I might get the driver's door open on my 2005 Pontiac Pursuit/G5. About a month ago, I went to get into the car and manually unlocked it with the key (as I don't have a keyfob), and although the lock did jump up on the door, I wasn't able to open it with the outside handle. Since it is a sedan, I hopped in through the passenger seat and tried opening it from the inside, and no luck there.

I have already partially destroyed the interior panel in an attempt to reach in the door and see what is or isn't connected anymore. The cable system going from the interior door handle was still connected, as was the rod for the outside door handle, and manipulating them inside the door right at the actuator would not get the door open.

I'd say that the clip in the bottom of the actuator that flips down to release the clasp that actually latches to the door post to keep the door shut is where my problem is, but I just cannot get the door open to remove and replace that part. I've seen people online say that sometimes the door's on this car can become stuck if that door post bolt is off centered, and that hitting the door slightly while trying to open it will do the trick, but that's not the case here (as determined by anything from light smacks with an open hand, to a rubber mallet). I've also attempted using a pry bar from both the inside (which was causing damage to the pillar), and from the outside (removed the back door to minimize damage, but the only movement was on the panel the latch is bolted to).

I'm assuming at this point, all I can do at this point to get the door open is to take a disc grinder or torch to the outside panel, peel back part of the door like a tin can, and take a hammer and chisel to the assembly and remove it in pieces? That is unless anyone has any other suggestions/recommendations as to what I might be able to do at this point?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 27, 2016, 9:22 AM

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Re: 2005 Pontiac Pursuit/G5 - Driver's door latch/lock actuator not working Sign In

That stinks of course. Yes it's hard to gain entry to inside door with it closed.


Try this. Have a helper with all the rods in the "UNLOCK" position butt bump the door towards being more shut while both or one at a time pull handles, push/pull the rods to latch.


Spray the heck out of inside of latch - something light like a WD-40 at first. It really could have jammed, corroded just wrong or a part broke. Once open then you can take the whole thing out and see (I hope) what's wrong and get a whole new one if needed?


Won't know till there,


T



automotively_challanged
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Jun 27, 2016, 9:39 AM

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Re: 2005 Pontiac Pursuit/G5 - Driver's door latch/lock actuator not working Sign In


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Have a helper with all the rods in the "UNLOCK" position butt bump the door towards being more shut while both or one at a time pull handles, push/pull the rods to latch.


Thanks for the advice. We did try this for a solid hour with no luck, however we neglected to soak the latch with WD-40. I'm thinking just judging by the feedback I'm getting from the handle that something inside is broken, but once we can get the door open, I already have a replacement latch/lock actuator waiting to be installed.

I'm just glad that you didn't say something along the lines of "GM has a proprietary tool for this exact situation. It's a $400 tool that you need a GM Certified Tech who's been trained on it, to use it on the door at a minimum two hour labor rate at $125/hr".


Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 27, 2016, 9:52 AM

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Re: 2005 Pontiac Pursuit/G5 - Driver's door latch/lock actuator not working Sign In

This is near 100% a physical latch problem not some GM special tool but there are tons of tools to open a door like when all keys or fobs are lost, don't work if battery dead or who knows?


Look right at the motion as best you can when pulling outside handle what moves from that while unlocked now both manually inside and by key it will pull down towards latch. That's where the problem probably is.


Inside handles on tons of GM vehicles DO NOT OPEN LOCKED DOORS on many models since forever.


Other snags you still need the dang thing open. Childsafe features (not usually a driver's door) can be a thing caught part way and not open from inside or out - another make rear doors only was a pest with that. Can't know without actually looking at this.


It's strong locked/latched shut and meant to be. If anything now that you are in ask an auto body shop for help as now you should be able to drive it there.


They open doors jammed shut from collisions so deal with it all the time but may need to waste the door for access?


I simply can't know all the ways this could have failed and even now inside most have a poor view of things with the door open never mind now,


T







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