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Chevrolet Cobalt - Door Issues



  • My cobalt does the same thing,esspecialy when its raining or cold out side,i hate it and think it should be recalled,i only like chevrolet but this is not a good thing for them,it really doesent make chevy look very good,its a major saftey issue,when it does happen the only way i can get the doors open is by jerking the outside handle hard and fast but what if something happend and i couldnt get the windows down,and sometimes my doors wont shut,they just keep bouncing back open until i lock and unlock the doors,i hate it! Thanks,
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    I just sent an email to the address provided from - look forward to a response!

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • You should try buying lubricant spray, not WD-40 and spray it into the lock and door latch areas. This will make sure it doesn't freeze, unfreeze what is frozen, and help with locks and shutting the door.
  • i have a 06 ss cobalt an ive been having this door problem for a couple mnths an then just last wk the inside handle quit working all togather an i dont understand why gm want put out a recall on this cause this is a major safty problem.also i been having a eletric shortage making the check engine an secruity light come on. an had checked out an there machine didnt show anything wrong with it.they told me that when it rained alot the cobalts had this problem
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    It looks like you visited a shop to get this checked out - was it one of our GM dealerships? If so, we're available to follow up on this with them! Let me know.

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • I too am experiencing problems with the doors and locks on my 06 cobalt. 2 days ago when it first started i was "held hostage" by my car because neither doors wanted to open from the inside. i ended up climbing out the window and tried unlocking it from the out side. a few dozen key turns later it finally let me in. Now i am at work and got a call saying my door was open so i went out to close it and the door dosnt want to latch. i tried for an hour, checked fuses and did every trick ive found online and nada. now my car door is being held shut by a bungi cord and a fish an hour i have a 45 minute drive home on the interstate which i am SOOOOOO looking forward to.....does anyone know what the solution is? all i can find online are complaints no fixes....
  • superchargedsssuperchargedss Posts: 4
    edited February 2013
    Try locking and unlocking the door,that usually helps mine but it keeps happening,ive call a dealer close to me and they were no help,it should be recalled but appently gm or anybody else is not worried about it
  • started Feb1 /13 all 4 door locks can pop up and down in unison - started as I was driving along - but also happens when the car is parked. Help. I contacted - A safety issue and invites thieves. With so many posts on this issue, I'd like GM to do something to fix this.
  • The locks pop up and down even when the original fob is miles and miles away. When I open the car door, there are 3 dings - also when I take out the key & open the door - 3 dings. The lock and unlock buttons on the console on the drivers door have not worked for at least 1 1/2 yrs - maybe longer.
  • Dealer perfdormed electrical diagned open in lf and rf door lock switches - installed 2 switches 1 15777136 $ 31.09 + 1 15777129 $ 23.84 + 1 1/2 hrs labour @ $ 149.50 for a total of ~ $ 300.
  • Wow! This completely blows my mind! Everyone is having the same issues but nothing is being done about it?! What is wrong with Chevrolet/GM?! About a year ago my locks were locking and unlocking all by themselves then my car wouldn't start AT ALL so my dad changed the battery and it hasn't done that since but now my drivers side door is stuck shut! I thought it was the cable, maybe it had broken or stretched out but as my dad was looking at it tonight he pulled the cable and it still won't open! This is more then just a safety concern! This is completely unfair! Why should I have to pay for there faulty product?! On they say they care but that's false advertisement how come the consumer no longer has a voice? At least 71people on this forum alone have had problems and nothing is being done?! I've went to at least 6 other forums and all of them had 50+ people complaining about the Cobalt! Is it too much to ask Chevy/GM to make this right?
  • wfrielerwfrieler Posts: 1
    @GMCUSTSVC - 2005 Cobalt LS - intermittent problems (like many others) with driver side door that will not open. Have had success with the "pounding on door" fix in the past but this time - no luck. In searching other forums, this appears to be a widespread problem and is a serious safety issue. Any chance that Gm will recognize this as a design flaw and do something about it before someone gets trapped inside a cobalt and suffers injury or death as a result?
  • My 05 ss cobalt has done this off and on since i bought it almost two years ago,i dont think gm cares or they would have done a recall already,there just asking for problems i think if they dont fix this soon,they must think its a big joke,and a gm rep said she sent me an email from this post about a month ago but i never received one. Maybe one day somebody from gm will see this thread and do something!
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    We've documented this thread for further review by our department heads, and would be happy to check into this further with you if you wanted to get this looked at by a dealership. Please contact us at with more details (including your name and contact information, the last 8 digits of your VIN and mileage, and a summary of the situation).
    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • lynne22lynne22 Posts: 1
    edited April 2013
    Started my search on google and have ended up here. I can not believe that there are so many unhappy customers due to the door latch issue. Yep, I have a 2006 Cobalt with a drivers door that will not open. I was not as lucky as some GM customers with a for warning door issue. Mine just shut one day last week and has not budged since regardless to all the little tricks I try. I don't have the $1200 to get it fixed. Wonder if GM will engage in a recall if some unlucky customer get locked inside and expires.

    GM are you really listening to your customers and hearing their words...they will not be returning to GM products...and neither will I.

    Change my mind please...
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Hi lynne22,

    I completely understand the frustration you are having with your vehicle and I apologize that you feel this way. I'd like to see what we can do for you regarding this issue with your door. I'll just need you to send me your full name, VIN, address, and your preferred GM dealer. From there we can begin discussing what options are available for you. I can be reached at ATTN: Amber. I look forward to your response.

    Amber N.
    GM Customer Care
  • algnqngrlalgnqngrl Posts: 1
    edited April 2013
    I am also having a door problem with me 2010 cobalt. I bought it brand new off the lot. The first summer and every summer since as soon as the car warms up in the sun I can't open my doors. and if i do happen to pull quick and hard enough to get it open, it usually won't shut after unless i slam it endlessly. i frequently have children in my car including a small baby. now not only do i worry for my own safety but fear for theirs. my car is only 2 and half years old and has 74 thousand kms on it. I am not even going to bother taking it to the dealership as I cannot afford an expensive repair that may not fix it. I do not have power locks or anything power on this car, this is a manual issue for me. this was my first chev purchase, probably my last since gm won't admit a HUGE safety issue that spans across a lifetime of a certain car model.
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251
    Hi algnqngrl,

    I am sorry to hear about the issues with your door locks. Your safety is very important to us. I would certainly like to look into this for you. Can you private message me your full name, address, phone number, Vehicle Identification number, and approximate mileage on your vehicle please? My email address is "attn Crystal" in the subject line. Look forward to hearing from you:-)!

    Crystal L-GM Customer Service
  • tere_stere_s Posts: 2
    My doors would lock and unlock at random times. I would even be driving and they would come unlocked or I would find my doors had unlocked over night. I had to finally just disconnect the fuse that controlled the doors. This is very inconvenient since now I have to reach over and unlock any doors when people ride in the car with me. Is there a way to fix this with out taking out the fuse?
  • ndeemsndeems Posts: 1
    My Cobalt has begun to have a similar problem -

    The locks will lock and unlock themselves, I have come out from work or in the morning to find my car completely unlocked...

  • My locks keep locking and unlocking themselves constantly as I'm driving. I only have about 45,000 miles on my car. Took it to a shop and they said I probably needed a new battery. So I'm already $150 down, and the problem continues. Can anyone tell me what it is that needs to be fixed so the shop doesn't nickel and dime me to death trying different things before they figure it out! Or GM, is there a recall on this problem to where you can help me?? This is very frustrating!
  • I have a** 2005 Chevy Cobalt** with major door issues, The doors will not open... It first started with the drivers side door that would not open so I got in threw the passenger side door for a week because I didn't have the money to get it fix. Then the passenger door did the same thing within that same week while my entire family of 5 was in the car.

    We all had to climb threw the windows to get out of the car.


    I did some research and I'm not the only one with the same problem.

  • meschmesch Posts: 1

    I have had an ongoing issue with my driver side door. I would push and pull to try to muscle the door open and no luck. I called the dealer and wanted to charge $85 to "look" at it. I found a forum on and found a group of people that found a way to open the door. Give the door a hit with open palm under the door handle. It opened easily right away. Might need to try a couple time if you don't hit the right spot right away. I don't know why it works and I didn't hear anything fall into place but it worked.
    Chevy service center = useless

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,503

    @mesch said: Give the door a hit with open palm under the door handle.

     Is that hit on the inside of the door?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • My driver’s side car door on my 06 Chevy Cobalt won't open. I see a lot of other similar complaints about the handles not opening the doors. The lock mechanism works but the door won’t open. I took it to the Chevrolet service center and paid $113.35 just for them to look at it for an hour and for them to tell me it will cost $700-$800 more because of a faulty part in the door. This is disgusting and such a safety issue. I want to know why this hasn’t been issued in a recall and not just a TSB. I will not be recommending a company with such disregard to safety to anyone I care about.

  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,251

    Hi araigne,

    I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing problems with your Cobalt's door. I understand that you have taken your vehicle to the dealership for this concern and I would like to take a further look into this for you. Please send us an email to if our assistance is needed. Thank you.

    Kristen A.
    GM Customer Care

  • I too have just begun to have this same issue. I have an '06 Chevy Cobalt LS Coupe and it i now getting to the point that I am AFRAID of my car which I have loved for 5 years now. The door locks lock and unlock by themselves. I was actually LOCKED INSIDE my car yesterday UNTIL after about 25 times I finally got the door to open from the inside. I want something done about this issue. IT IS A SAFETY HAZARD, what is it going to take for them to fix it???? Someone, maybe even me get killed? Is there anything that we can do to fix the issue? I have been googling this problem for 3 hours now and have found NO Solution. I am afraid with this issue among the safety issues that my car COULD ACTUALLY be stolen while at work IF the door locks decide to UNLOCK themself. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,503

    @lifedreamer said: I have an '06 Chevy Cobalt LS Coupe and it i now getting to the point that I am AFRAID of my car which I have loved for 5 years now. The door locks lock and unlock by themselves. I was actually LOCKED INSIDE my car yesterday UNTIL after

    The fuse for the power doorlocks should be in the fuse panel on the passenger side of the console, below where the shifter lever is there is a panel to take out. On my 2008 the door locks fuse is #26. There should be a list of the fuses and the position and a diagram on the cover that you take off. Or it may be in the owner manual in the glovebox if you have that booklet.

    The locks are probably controlled by a body control module, which may be the problem.

    But I would try wiggling the fuse with the ignition key ON and the doors closed to see if there's a looseness there at the fuse or in the block of fuses itself causing a make and break condition.

    But this should stop getting you locked in. But you'll have to manually open or close the other doors as needed and the remote control will not work for the door locks/unlock on the car.

    Is there any chance the remote keyfob is causing the lock and unlock?

    And it's possible it might be related to the ignition switch having a bad connection on the contacts. But I would have to trace the circuit in my service manual and it's for a 2008, a different year which might have a different setup.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,503

    @lifedreamer said:
    '06 Chevy Cobalt LS Coupe and it i now getting to the point that I am AFRAID of my car which I have loved for 5 years now. The door locks lock and unlock by themselves. I was actually LOCKED INSIDE my car yesterday UNTIL after about 25 times I finally got the door to open from the inside. I want something done about this issue.

    I looked for others who have had this. I found some and will link this one: Someone said theirs was fixed by replacing the body control module, BCM.

    The module looks like it is also the location for the fuses that are inside the panel in the console on the passenger side. It's about $135 before shipping on It's listed under electrical for 2006, Chevrolet, Cobalt, then electrical.

    In the sketch showing location in the console, it's part #7. The console probably comes off fairly easily. I do not know what all is involved in taking off other plugin pieces that are shown connected to the BCM and all. It would have to be done with the battery negative cable disconnected in the trunk if you or someone you know has a good deal of expertise in gently taking apart plastic pieces to get to it.

    I suggest doing some reading of other posts on internet. People describe this as the door locks going crazy which I remembered from reading Cobalt forums in the past.

    Good luck.

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • Thank you so much for your ideas....will let you know if I find a solution!! :)

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