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The lights underneath the seats don't turn off, and the passenger's side door shows as unlocked.
Hi, thanks for writing in. The common cause of this in many Volkswagen models is the micro-switch located in the door latches. Most likely, whichever door is showing as open, is the door with the failed micro-switch. If you would...
Door open/ajar sensor will not turn off .
You may have a worn door latch. With someone in the driver's seat watching the light, close the driver's side door, and push in on the door evenly with the latch to see if the light goes out. If it...
There is trouble locking the left rear passenger door - 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Open the left passenger rear door and check to see what setting the child lock is on. If the lock is not on and it is set to unlock, then move the lever...
How long will it take to replace door latch?
Hello, thanks for writing in. Depending on the vehicle and if the door can open from the inside. The labor is roughly about 1.5 hours. It may be more on some vehicles and models. I'd suggest adding in your car's...
Key doesn't lock door - 2000 Chrysler Neon
Inside the door, there is a mechanical assembly which connects the lock cylinder to the latches which engage or disengage the door lock. Any looseness or broken part between this connection can cause your symptoms. I recommend having an experienced...
Automatic door not opening - 2013 Infiniti FX37
Hello. If your rear power liftgate is no longer functioning, the first thing I would do is check to make sure that the liftgate power button is activated. The button is located on the instrument panel, and displays a picture...
Locking mechanisms malfunction - 2001 Mercedes Benz CL600
Hello. A few things I would look into are the battery and the central lock vacuum pump. A bad battery can cause all sorts of electrical malfunctions. If the battery checks out, I would then move on to making sure...
My door locks quit working
Hi there! Most likely your door lock actuators have gone bad. Inspect, the system by pressing the lock\unlock switch, watch the locks and see if there is any movement, like they are trying to lock\unlock. If you do in fact...
As I drive, the door locks and keep locking and unlocking, and acceleration seems sluggish.
Hello, thanks for writing in. Most of the time this is due to a bad connection or a failing ignition switch. If this is occurring with the locks as well as a power loss then you may have a bad...
Alarm won't stop
Hi, thanks for writing in. This is a common failure of a door latch switch or door lock relay. On most cars equipped with an alarm system, there is a switch on the doors that is armed when the alarm...
Door remains ajar no matter how hard we slam it.
Hey there. You should look at the door latch and the striker to see if you see excessive wear on the striker or if the plastic covering on the latch has been worn off. If they are worn, then the...
How do I activate the auto door lock for this model car?
The auto lock feature is one of a number of convenience features that are controlled by the body computer. Normally you should be able to enable or disable this feature by holding down the door lock switch in the console...
I have a Toyota Voxy and the sliding door is jammed
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a few things. The first thing I would do is check to make sure that all the fuses are in good shape and that none are blown. It may be...
Hello. I think you have a faulty alarm system. You may want to try to disconnect the alarm system and reconnect it to see if you are getting the same problem. I believe your lights and alarm system problems are...
focus 2001 deactivate door locks
Hello. In order to give you the correct way to disable the autolock I would need to know the vehicle model you have. For most Fords all you do is close all doors, turn on the key and immediately press...
Car latch sticking
The reason most latches start to bind is due to the door hinge getting worn. When this happens it will allow the door to sag down and put pressure on the latch. You should have the door hinges inspected and...
Drivers side power door lock actuator won't unlock
Hello. Unfortunately due to the way that this vehicle is configured the only way to get into the door when it will not open is by cutting a hole in the door panel and then replacing it after the repair....
Interior lights
Hello. Pulling the fuse will cause all of the interior lights to stop working and will affect some of the other electrical systems also. If you are not getting the vehicle fixed any time soon then the only way to...
Doors will not unlock or open only driver door
This sounds like some sort of an electrical issue. I recommend checking all fuses relating to the windows. Rather than removing each fuse, you should be able to use a circut tester that you can pick up at your local...
How do I remove the front passenger door lock actuator?
Hello. If the door lock actuator is not coming out, then either there is still some hardware that needs to be removed or it is simply lodged and will require a bit of force to remove. I would carefully check...

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