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#237 of 410 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening
Oct 27, 2008 (10:47 am)
My rear door (behind the driver) in my 1998 Honda Civic has been giving me issues as am not able to open the door from outside. When consulting the service center, they said we need to replace the mechanism inside which am not very keen right now. Recently, someone activated the child lock and now am not able to open from inside too. I tried to search the forum a way for me to open the door without me taking it to the service center. Is there any way I can open the door on my own? This happened once before when the car was at service, and they opened it and gave it to me. I dont want to take it again to the same place.
Any help/info is appreciated.
#238 of 410 Re: 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening [theozzfactor]
Oct 27, 2008 (11:07 am)
Let me get this straight......
The child lock is on, so you are not able to open the door from the inside......and the linkage is broken or disconnected, so you are not able to open the door from the outside either?
So you can't get the door opened, so you can then take the inside door panel off to get at the locking mechanism?
Sounds like no option but to get a new car............
This will be difficult, but I think your only option is to put down the window, and with a strong flashlight and who knows what kind of tools.....reach in down thru the window slot and try to figure out what linkage to try to move, to snag the door opening linkage and unlock the door. If that doesn't work, you may have to destroy the inner door panel to get at the linkage, and then replace it with one from a junk yard. Not sure if you can get the inside door panel off, while the door is in the closed position.
You may have to bend some heavy gauge wire to reach down to where you need to get to.
#239 of 410 Re: 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening [kiawah]
Oct 27, 2008 (11:50 am)
Thanks for the response kiawah. You got everything right except for the part where I need to get a new car. LOL. Wish I could get one easily. Anyway, is there any way you can release the child lock from under the hood (next to the engine)? I don't think we can achiever this, but I heard we can do that. Anyone heard about that?
Thanks once again.
#240 of 410 1997 honda civic brake problems
Nov 03, 2008 (12:53 am)
i just got a 1997 honda civic with 103k on it and it has a problem i think with the brakes or maybe the bearing i am not sure. the front passanger side of the car builds up extreme heat when traveling on the freeway or just on the street it was glowing orange the other day when i got off the freeway it also has causing the stearing wheel to shake when i press the brakes and sometimes when i am just driving. i took a look at it to see if something was wrong but the pads were installed with lots of life left. but i did notice that the break line was kinda bent wierd the rubber part i wonder if this can cause the brake to rub while driving. i am pretty sure that it isnt the bearing but i have know idea what it would be like if had went out. i believe the the rotar is warped or cracked and i have 2 extra ones from when i did the brakes on my 2000 civic and they will fit the same year i believe. but what i really what to know is this a problem with the breaks or could it be a bad wheel bearing. i am not going to get a chance to deal with it till thursday but i would like a little bit more on what to look for. having done all 4 brakes on my other civic i think i can figure this one out. who knows it may be a problem with the master cylinder but any help would be appreciated thanks
#241 of 410 Re: 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening [kiawah]
Nov 03, 2008 (6:57 am)
Just an update. I managed to release the child lock using a plastic knife . Infact it did not take much time. Thanks once again.
#242 of 410 Re: 1997 honda civic brake problems [ridgelinepimp]
Nov 03, 2008 (11:03 am)
a glowing disc/rotor? that sounds like a stuck caliper piston. yeah cracked/warped definitely if the piston is dragging and stuck. don't replace this rotor until you can check the caliper. a bent brake line could also cause the piston to not retract (close) since the brake fluid is slow to return from the caliper.
check the brake lines again, then the caliper sliding pins they may need to be lubed which would also cause binding of the caliper. if after that the caliper is still sticking, then get a remanufactured one from honda. I never did trust the aftermarket reman market. about the same price, and the honda reman at the dealer seemed to be in better condition.
as to the other issue of the wheel bearing. if it was a wheel bearing it would have to be practically on fire for the rotor/disc to be glowing! plus you'd hear a lot of screeching noise at the same time. that's why i don't think it's the bearing. check that caliper first.
#243 of 410 Re: 1997 honda civic brake problems [mark19]
Nov 03, 2008 (11:34 pm)
thanks for the advice thats what it sounded like to me the car had been siting for a while i should have no problem fixing it i have done the brakes on my civic before with no problem at all. i am glad i dont have to worry about the bearing that would be a pain to replace. thanks again i am sure i can figure it out and i already have 2 spare rotors that are in fairly good condition when i replaced the ones on my civic. thanks for the help
#244 of 410 Re: 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening [theozzfactor]
Nov 29, 2008 (6:30 am)
I have the same problem with my car. What was your solution?
#245 of 410 Re: 1998 Honda Civic child lock/door not opening [murpher]
Nov 29, 2008 (7:58 am)
I solved it! I looked at the other door and bent a coat hanger to match the door profile. I slipped the hanger between the door and car frame on the non working door and flipped up the child safety lock. This allowed the inside handle to work again. Now that the door is open and appart I can see it was only a nylon retaining clip that attaches the pushrod to the door handle (part number 72134-S04-003)
#246 of 410 97 honda civic wont start after hitting a dog
Dec 15, 2008 (10:48 pm)
i accidently hit a dog got to get something to eat when i hit the dog the airbags deployed and the car stoped i have tried starting the car but it wont start when i turn the key on the power windows and blinkers and everything works but it still wont start does any one have any suggestions one machanic told me there is a reset button but he couldnt find it does any one know if there is one or what its a 1997 honda civic lx