Join Date: May 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,323
360 Door stuck shut
So in a previous post, I explained that during a road trip up to Orange County, the driver door of the Spider would not unlock or open. Manually unlocking with the key did not work either. The outer handle would lift fully but would not open the door. Using the interior door release, the handle did not seem to lift fully, it almost felt like something was blocking it.
The passenger side would unlock and open, but would lock each time it was shut (mimicking the driver door status, which is the master).
I called Josh and asked for advice. He told me to take it to Steve Maxwell’s Exotic Car Service in La Jolla. After an hour and a half, they were absolutely stumped. They were wondering if they weren’t going to have to remove the fender/gas tank/engine and drill out the lock. My head was swooning at the thought.
Luckily, I had printed out the Ricambi diagram of the door. I don’t think any of us wanted to consider the worst case scenario, so we began to discuss the locking system. We discussed the reports of frozen, broken, or slipped cables, the electro-mechanical locking solenoid, and the lock itself. We went over every conceivable cause. Then Steve pulled out what looked like a grappling hook for shark fishing. He inserted the hook down along the door glass and hooked the silver arm that extends from the lock body. Now Steve is a big guy, linebacker big. He pulled on that lever with enough force to lift big ‘ol Mean Joe Green. We all thought something was going to break, but darned if the door didn’t open.
Turns out, the lock mechanisim was dirty, REALLY dirty, enough so that it jammed the lock. With a little high-pressure air and some silicone lubricant, the door mechanisim is now smooth as glass.
Steve’s words were “Holy s**T, someone who actually drives their car enough to get it dirty! We don’t see that very often.” I didn’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed.
Lesson is to keep the locks squeaky clean and well lubricated. Trust me, the alternatives are too gruesome to contemplate.