Door locks when I shut them

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Door locks when I shut them

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Hello,

I am in the reassembly phase of a complete restoration. When I close the door the lock/unlock rod simple falls and the door locks automatically. The key unlocks it... and then if I shut the door again the door locks again. I can pull up on the rod and it unlocks, but again when I shut the door the rod falls and locks.

Everything else on the door latch works flawlessly and smooth.

Any ideas?

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Re: Door locks when I shut them

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have a tinker with all the rods from the inner handle to the door mechanism and adjust the linkages so theres some resistance to allowing the inner lock knob to fall.
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Latch may be broken, too.

Lock and un-locked, should have resistance and kind of snap, each way.
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Re: Door locks when I shut them

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Well both sides work flawlessly except when you close the door with any force the locking rod falls. I can pull it up with very little resistance, the door opens and when I close it the rod falls again. The door does latch and lock just fine. The key locks and unlocks both doors.

Maybe adjusting the rod my create more tension.

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There is a spring that can rust out on the latch. I have heard of that locking people in. Can you take a picture of the latch (stick phone in door)
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I will have to do it later. I am at work. Is there a spring I can order to replace them????
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Probably easier to look up WCCC and get a new lock/latch mechanism …..
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Yeah... its just money. They already have a bunch of my kids inheritance... a few bucks more wont hurt. LOL
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I took my broken spring to the local Ace Hardware. Found one that was much longer. Straightened some coils, cut it to length and installed it. Cost less than $2. Here's a picture of the bag.
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Re: Door locks when I shut them

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That is not the spring I need. But thanks for the suggestion.
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