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Thread: RH door latch/lock problem

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    RH door latch/lock problem

    The problem with the RH door on our '55 C-cab truck has gotten to the point that I am going to have to deal with it. The door has stuck closed a couple of times and I had a heck of a time getting it open. I have adjusted it several times and cannot get it to work right. I have it adjusted now where it latches only on the first click, but not the second because I'm afraid it will stick again. Neither the inside or outside handle releases the "star wheel" so it will turn freely like the drivers side does. I have tried lube with no success so it is time to disassemble. I am dreading the job because the outside handle has to be removed before the lock mechanism can be removed and the slot in the screw is a little mangled, and the screw seems tight so I'm afraid it will break off. Then I will be drilling and trying to retap the threads. Not looking forward to that! I don't know what to expect when I get it apart but I have to do whatever it takes to fix the problem.
    For the first year we had the truck both doors closed better than most late model vehicles, then somebody slammed the passenger side much too hard and the trouble began as well as cracking the glass.
    thom

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    It sounds like you will not need to disassemble the Door Lock, it is probably beyond repair, and you just need a new one.

    It seems that you did not read the good suggestions on your other Post about the same issue.

    https://forum.studebakerdriversclub....55#post1166955
    StudeRich
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    I DID read the suggestion that the problem might be in the remote, possibly a broken spring therein, but like I stated the "star wheel" does not free up even when the outside handle is turned. Therefore, I figured the problem must be in the latch itself. And the inside handle returns to the "neutral" position as it should, so I figured the spring was/is probably not broken. Currently all my indoor working room is occupied and I am waiting for a day when temps are less than upper 90s to work on it. I admit I have never had either door latch out of a C-cab truck, (but I have had both interior panels off), so I might not know what I'm talking about at this point.
    And I have posted a WANTED ad on here before trying to find a new or better latch with no luck, so far.
    thom

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    Slamming the hell out of the door could break any number of things, including the rotary wheel and (as I pointed out in the other thread on this subject) the striker on the door post. I also noted that I had a used latch if you needed it, but suggested that you find out what's broken first. If it's only a broken spring, replacing it is easy and cheap.

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