Stuck in my car, inside door handle will not open door - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Stuck in my car, inside door handle will not open door

this evening after going for a ride in my Evora I got home and went to get out the car,, the pull handle felt normal but did nothing, It would not release so I wond down the window, reached outside, let myself out, wound up the window and shut the door,, from the outside it opens and closes fine,, its when your inside wantign to exit the car there is a problem,, the force of pull on the inside handle seems the same as it ever been just slight resistance.

I am sure others have had this problem so can any one please shed some light on how to check and fix the issue.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-01-2019, 05:42 PM
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It might be a broken clip. Try this to start:

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f17...t-open-103323/

I'm pretty sure there are more posts on it, with one including photos.
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Your title had us worried. Thought we were going to have to come over and extract you!
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Thank you I will go check it out
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hahahaha yes I smiled when I put the title hahaha
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hahahaha yes I smiled when I put the title hahaha
hahaha, I was a little worried as well. First thing I thought, "can he not climb out the window!?"

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I'm glad you were safely extracted. It also happens with the Elise!
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I'm glad you were safely extracted. It also happens with the Elise!


I can second that! Just happened to me last Sunday at the cars and coffee. Kinda makes me feel like I own an old Ferrari.


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I can't find the specific thread, but if I remember right, the issue was this plastic clip that broke:
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A plastic clip breaks and subsequently traps the driver inside if the window regulator is broken ... which someday it will be because the pulleys on the regulator are also plastic!!
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For me it was the cable retaining nuts backing off and throwing the cable adjustment out
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Has anyone ever tried to 3D print the plastic part? If so it would be a good idea to start compiling the files for the forum.
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hahaha, I was a little worried as well. First thing I thought, "can he not climb out the window!?"
I was more thinking, "is the window big enough for him to climb out of"?
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I have this problem too, intermittantly. (So probably not broken, but the nut adjustment thing.)

I find if I pull and hold the handle for a second, the door will open, it is just not the immediate thing you want it to be.

(But yeah, I used to let myself out from the outside handle too!)
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I had this same issue with my 12S. It was the only repeating issue that I ever experienced. At first the doors would sometimes catch, then they would work fine, then they would not work at all. I had the issue after going to the dealer under warranty on three different occasions.

After my third "fix" at the dealer, I pulled into a gas station and the driver door would not open (It had just worked perfectly 2 minutes ago when I entered it at my house). I reached over to the passenger side to open it, and it would not work either. I was pissed. I'm 6'2" and had to climb out the window while at a gas station.

I was on my phone with Lotus customer service and within an hour they had sent a tow truck for my car. I sent a very detailed email to Lotus customer service and received a phone call late, from someone important. I remember being surprised because it was close to 10pm EST. Lotus sent an engineer from somewhere in the US to my local dealer to address the problem. It has been 5 years now without a single hiccup on either door.

The service manager was not very good at telling me what they had done, but said I will never experience the problem again. They did remove the little poppy up lock things on the inside of the door and put caps in the holes, so that was modified.

I wish I had more info for you, but please realize this was a problem when the vehicles was new. In hindsight, it appeared that my dealer (horrible dealer, don't ever use Auto Europe, they are the reason I will not buy another lotus) was not giving this information to Lotus about the doors failing. When I alerted Lotus to this huge safety issue, they jumped right on it. I'm sure the first time there is a crash and a fire, and the driver can't escape because of faulty door handles, there will be a huge recall.

My Evora was in for warranty issues 8 times. 4 of them were for the doors not opening. Now that I think about it, this car has not had a single problem in 4 years except for the sub-woofer amp failing, which as not really Lotus' fault.
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The service manager was not very good at telling me what they had done, but said I will never experience the problem again. They did remove the little poppy up lock things on the inside of the door and put caps in the holes, so that was modified.
Sounds like they replaced your early-style latches with the newer Inteva latches.

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I was pissed. I'm 6'2" and had to climb out the window while at a gas station.
Wow, that sounds funny but I guess it was not.

I was once at a gas station and my alarm went off. Since my key FOB battery was low I could not shut it off until I managed to install a new battery. A bright yellow car + a loud siren alarm are not what you want to experience at a gas bar.

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My passenger door got harder and harder to open. A few turns of the adjustment tights solved it for me, but they didn't appear to have been loose. Perhaps the cable stretched just enough to cause a problem?
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