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When I got home from work tonight, I couldn't open the drivers door, it wouldn't unlock. The other doors unlocked OK. I tried the remote and the dash controls. I had to climb out the passenger side door. What a pain. Has this happened to anyone else?
I know you can program either the drivers door to unlock or all door to unlock, but didn't see anything about unlocking all doors except the drivers door.
 

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That's not an option. You have a problem, maybe deffective unlocking mecanism, maybe it's frozen, can also be a locking pin that came out of his place... Dealer time !

Keep us informed.
 

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I know this sounds crazy but did you pull on the handle twice? The Terrain uses a two pull unlock method and it should unlock no matter what.
 

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Never heard of that 2 pull action. Once I got out I tried the handle on the outside and still couldn't open the door. I think SuperMat is correct. I hope this car is not going to turn out to be a lemon.
 

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Call the dealer. Something could of come undone. If the Terrain uses anything like the G8, the cable end could of came out of its holder. Simple fix.
 

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This morning when I got to work I operated the lock/unlock button a few times. The door plunger went up and down, but the door wouldn't open. I hit it with my shoulder a few times....nothing. After I crawled out of the passenger door I went around to the drivers door. I noticed the handle wasn't flush all the way. I jiggled it a few times and ice fell away from it........and the door opened. So it may have been a combination of that and the weatherstripping freezing up. I've never not been able to open a frozen door from the inside. Maybe the outside handle not being completely shut, kept the door latched.
 

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GARYD said:
This morning when I got to work I operated the lock/unlock button a few times. The door plunger went up and down, but the door wouldn't open. I hit it with my shoulder a few times....nothing. After I crawled out of the passenger door I went around to the drivers door. I noticed the handle wasn't flush all the way. I jiggled it a few times and ice fell away from it........and the door opened. So it may have been a combination of that and the weatherstripping freezing up. I've never not been able to open a frozen door from the inside. Maybe the outside handle not being completely shut, kept the door latched.
You just reminded me that this had happen to me once when I first got the thing. The outside handle wasnt flush like you said.
 

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Hehe Winter pleasure like i've telled you :) Glad it's ok now !


GARYD said:
This morning when I got to work I operated the lock/unlock button a few times. The door plunger went up and down, but the door wouldn't open. I hit it with my shoulder a few times....nothing. After I crawled out of the passenger door I went around to the drivers door. I noticed the handle wasn't flush all the way. I jiggled it a few times and ice fell away from it........and the door opened. So it may have been a combination of that and the weatherstripping freezing up. I've never not been able to open a frozen door from the inside. Maybe the outside handle not being completely shut, kept the door latched.
 

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Re: Re: Driver door not working

My first car, a Ford escort had to be entered through the rear hatchback any time freezing temperatures combined with slightly moist air.

I got pretty quick at climbing through the trunk.

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I know this is after the fact but I had this issue happen to me during a winter blizzard a few months ago... ice and snow was building up on the outside of the car as I drove and once I had gotten to my destination my driver door would not open. After thinking I was crazy or that my car was a lemon, I went out the passenger door (not fun) and went outside to investigate and try to open from the outside. I was in a hurry and it was blizzarding so I gave it a quick shoulder a few times and it seemed to work.

When I came back out to get into my car, the door worked fine and I was on my way, until I stopped to push someone out of a ditch. The 2 minute duration between me getting in the car and stopping to help someone, my door stopped working again and I had to go out through the passenger door which was less fun since I was pulled to the side of a road.

I helped the guy out and then went back to get into my car, after hitting the door a few times the door opened and I went home cursing the entire time that I now had to take it into the shop to be fixed.

Once I got home I looked a little better and realized there was snow built up (just a little bit) between the handle and the door part, once I removed this, the door functioned fine and I was relived I did not have a major issue.

This still does not make me feel great as I did not do anything out of the ordinary, snow just built up in the door handle while I was driving. I do not know how I could have avoided this and do not look forward to going out the passenger door again next winter. It seems like a bad design, especially in northern states
 

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Thanks for that safety tip! It'll sure come in handy next snow season here in SW Ohio.
 
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