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[Help] Door opening problem

Hi guys,

Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, so please move if not, thanks.

Basically, I have owned a 1998 mark 2 clio now for around two years, it never came with a key fob, just a key you put into the door and open with.

Sometimes when I am in a rush or several other reasons, I put my key in the lock and turn it quickly. I didn't notice that sometimes I didn't put the key the whole way in, and it would turn the lock clockwise. This has happened a few times and now I cannot even open my car door on the drivers side. The lock turns but it only turns half of what it should, sometimes I manage to get the door open but its still caught on the latch. Very frustrating.

Is there an easy way of changing this back to normal, or will it cost me a fair wedge?

Thanks, Aaron!
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Re: [Help] Door opening problem

After 14-15 years , things are probably getting a lil worn in there, even without turning the wrong direction with the key halfway in.
Is the cl still ok?
My last car a 98 tigra was key open cl no plip plip.
The boot lock went about 4 years ago and I just converted it to being unlocked..trusting soul..
Options without replacing.
Maybe try a small amount of vaseline on the key and try and wiggle it gently in the right direction,n maybe some vaseline on the mechanical bits you can reach.
Check that the latch/part tchat locks onto the body isnt clogged up with dirt and works ok with the door open.
(Key itself could also be worn a bit).

The linkages could be strained by now,grooves worn etc.The mating surfaces sometimes have plastic grommets on them and they could be gone

As a last resort unless you are going to strip the mechanism:Use wd40 ,with the little injector tube attachment to lube the internals.
The trouble with something like wd40 is it may dissolve any thicker waterproof lubricant.

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Re: [Help] Door opening problem

Thanks for your fast reply coup.

I have already tried vaseline and wd40 which was to no effect at all. I am almost 100% sure it is due to me turning the lock to early when it isn't fully in, and adjusting the lock itself inside. I am not a wiz on cars at all, but this makes the most sense.

CL works fine when I am in the car, also the boot and passenger side works fine.

Just to add, when I turn the key and the lock inside pops up, it doesn't go the full way, and when I take the key out the lock pops down a little bit.

How hard is it to get to the locking mechanism in the door? Will it take a lot of tools, intelligence and time, or can you do it yourself within a couple hours?
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