850 Wagon Door Won't Lock

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by Phil Lefebvre, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. Help! We are getting ready to drive out of town for the weekend and our
    '96 850 wagon's door won't stay shut. Previously I thought it had to do
    with out rear door inside panel coming loose and maybe blocking the door
    from closing all the way, because when I resecured it the door closed

    Now, even after I've removed the lower half of the rear door panel, the
    door still will not lock. I poked around in the locking mechanism but
    can't see anything wrong. No, there's nothing blocking the catch either.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this quickly, so the dog doesn't fall out
    along the way?

    Phil Lefebvre, Jul 4, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    I saw this once, and the rivets holding the halves of the latch
    mechanism together had come loose. I took it out, and tried to figure
    out what was wrong, but the mechanism was too complicated. I just
    tightened the rivets with a hammer and punch and reinstalled hoping for
    the best... and it worked fine afterwards.
    Mike F, Jul 4, 2003
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    Gus Guest

    Sorry for the late reply, but we also had a failure of the lock mechanism.
    Simply had it replaced and all is well.

    Gus, Jul 6, 2003
  4. Well, I seem to have fixed it for the moment by simply poking inside the
    mechanism and loosening the catch that lines up the latch. It was not
    releasing the latch properly for some reason. After doing that it has
    worked fine all weekend. Most vexing was passing three Volvo dealers
    along the way, but all were closed. Will have it looked at later.
    Phil Lefebvre, Jul 7, 2003
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