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fixing a stuck open door with a ratchet strap

We had a strange problem with the Toyota this morning.

The doors opened okay, but something froze that prevented the passenger side back door from latching shut.

One option we considered was to wait and see if warming the car up would fix it, but time was an issue and I felt like this is the exact sort of problem ratchet straps were invented for.

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Probably the latch mechanism on the door that mates with the pin on the car body got stuck in open position.

Usually a spray of light oil will free them up.

Comment by Chris Sun Dec 23 18:21:00 2012
I had this problem a few years ago with a Hyundai Accent. We did the ratchet strap from door to door. Once the car warmed up the latch worked. The problem happened every time it got real cold after that so we just kept the strap in the car.
Comment by Dave Fri Jan 11 18:24:36 2013

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