How to Repair an Automatically Locking Door

- Mar 29, 2018 -

How to Repair an Automatically Locking Door

The most common cause of an automatically locking door is a bent interior lever. The exterior handle moves a lever that locks and unlocks the door. After heavy use, the lever can bend, causing the door to lock automatically. To fix this:

  1. Remove the three screws securing the interior door lock assembly with a star-bit screwdriver.

  2. Swing the interior door lock assembly out of the way. It will swivel on the inside door handle shaft.

  3. Use a pair of pliers to bend the bent lever up into the proper position.

  4. Put the inner and outer assemblies back in place, and replace the three screws.

Continue reading for a more in depth explanation of this process, as well as my experience with an automatically locking RV door.


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