Problem with door


You'll have to excuse my lack of proper terminology here, as I'm not a native English speaker, but any help whatsoever on this would be greatly appreciated.
We have a problem with the front door of our building. Our building has three floors, each floor is an apartment, and the front door of the building (that leads to the road) opens with a magnetic (I think) way, buzzing.
The door has a mechanism so it closes by itself.
I know the above reads extremely silly, but I don't know any of the terminology, sorry.
The problem is that the door doesn't always close by itself. Many times the part that should go into the door (we call it the "tongue" here) so it can close just touches the metal that's inside the case and stays there.
I have traced the problem to the metal part that the tongue touches when it closes, after a few times that the door closes aytomatically, it moves slightly inside and the door cannot close.
It goes something like this, the way it should be:
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The way it is:
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The angle is greatly exaggerated here, but you get the idea I hope. You have to pull it slightly with your finger so it works again.
I've had three locksmiths and two carpenters look at it and they can't fix it, it stays fixed for a few days and then the same.
I know this post is very weird, but this is my last resort.
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Why three different locksmiths? Sometimes the problem is not apperant and the first attempr is not sucessful. There is a reason that your system is not functioning as designed and once the reason is discovered, then a solution will be at hand.
There are many things that could be causing your problem and perhaps a second look is warranted.
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dsprt wrote:

Try WD40 on both parts of the latch. It could well just be a bit stiff.
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Sounds like either the door is dragging on something. or the door closer needs to be adjusted.
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