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A Weird Car Thing I Have to Fix

March 24th, 2014 at 03:35 pm

I only fix things on my car that I have to fix. When Nissan told me my fuel gauge may be on its way out, I decided just to track my mileage and not go too many miles rather than spend $700. Seriously - $700?!

But there is now a problem I absolutely have to fix. I've made an appointment for next Monday. I wonder how much this will cost.

Here is the problem:

- I can't get the passenger side door open. My key clicker won't unlock it. The door unlocker inside the car won't unlock it. And here is the weird thing - I can't even pry the door lock open physically. I mean that is the failsafe, the easy way to open the door from the inside; it's a safety thing to be able to unlock your door, right?
- Oh - and the trunk is also locked and I can't get it open either.
- And there's stuff in there. I can kind of remember what the stuff is, and if I really need it, my car is a hatchback so I can let down one of the seats and pull stuff out.

I am slightly concerned that the other doors are going to stick shut, too, and I am afraid to leave the dog in the car for even a second while I pick up F from school, just in case she's locked inside.

And what if I'm somewhere, and I can't get the doors to unlock and therefore can't get home? (These are the times I'm glad I live in a small town where we're never far from anything, and a friend could just pick me up. But still...)

And if I haven't vented enough... we found out yesterday our good friends (remember my friend C who just got a job at a non-profit?) bought a new used car (it's a year or so old Mini Cooper S). I'm not jealous. I don't want a new car. I don't want a more expensive car. I just want my car to open!!

OK, now I've definitely vented enough.

I am going to take F to piano lessons and hope we don't get stuck there!

7 Responses to “A Weird Car Thing I Have to Fix”

  1. Miz Pat Says:

    OMG - same with me - my back passenger side door won't open - its a 2000 Honda Civic Sedan and I'm going to have to have it fixed but they told me that something inside the door is probably broken and fallen down and that they can fix it.

    Small world.

  2. Buendia Says:

    That is so weird! Hope it's an inexpensive fix for both of us!

  3. snafu Says:

    If you use a key 'fob' does it need a new battery? Would you consider calling a locksmith to see of they regularly fix this type of problem? I think that's a less expensive place to start.

  4. Buendia Says:

    Definitely not the key fob - I can't even pry it open manually from inside the car - that seems super unsafe, doesn't it?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I have a similar problem. The lock on the driver's side won't engage with the key fob. But, I CAN lock and unlock with the key. HOWEVER, that sometimes sets off the alarm, so I have to keep the fob handy to turn off the alarm. Grrrr. I'm not going to fix it. The car is twelve years old!

    But not being able to open the door -- you need to get that fixed.

  6. Miz Pat Says:

    I'm waiting on fixing it - I rescued 2 more dogs and I have a vet's visit scheduled.

  7. Buendia Says:

    I'm going in on Monday... it's time for the car's oil change and "check up." I remember when I bought my previous car I got roll up/crank windows - nothing to break. I would have gotten that for this car, too, but I'm not sure many cars come with those anymore. Ah well. This is what our auto maintenance savings is for. I have $82 in there right now, but I can add some in from other "envelopes."

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