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Can I change the manual key lock to an electric fob
Hello there, the process for changing your 2015 Volkswagen Polo to electronic locks is a fairly complex endeavor. In order to add electronic locks to the vehicle all of the doors would need to be equipped with electronic lock actuators,...
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Left rear passenger door Window and Lock do not work at all.
The window motors are a common failure. Sometimes the cable in the regulator can come off track and wrap around the gear on the motor and do some damage. As far as the door lock you may have an actuator...
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Steering wheel is locked up and key won't turn.
Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key in the ignition. There is a steering wheel lock inside the steering column that could be bent or broken if the ignition switch will...
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Door ajar light is on and the cab lights won't turn off while driving
Hi there. From the description you have provided, this is probably the result of a failed door ajar light switch. The door ajar switch is part of the door latch assembly. It may have to be replaced as an assembly....
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Door lock quivers
Hi. From your description, I assume that you are talking about the door locks not functioning correctly. This is due to the door lock actuator malfunctioning. The actuator will need to be replaced. If you would like to have this...
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Both power door locks are not functioning.
The buzzing noise is the door lock actuators still trying to work but the actuator motor gears are bad and the motor is too weak to move the lock actuator rod any more. You most likely have two bad lock...
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Horn honking when locking the car
Hi there. Yes, I believe your Toyota dealer can customize both the "On/Off" and buzzer sound level for "signaling" like you mention. Pg 493-495 of your Owner Manual outlines customization which your dealer can make to default settings. These include...
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Power locking,and unlocking with remote does not work
Hello there, you have several different issues going on with your 2006 Acura MDX. When the window regulator is replaced there is a window reset procedure that must be done, this tells the regulator when the window is fully closed,...
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I don't know if I have to change my lock cylinder or the whole ignition switch - the car isn't starting and the key doesn't come out
Hi there. It sounds like you may have two concerns. If the battery has tested good, then the next step would be to check all fuses and relays and replace as necessary. Then a voltage drop test may be needed...
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How do I keep my car doors from locking automatically?
If your vehicle is equipped with an LCD display, then while the car is parked and with the ENGINE START/STOP button in the ON position or with the engine running, press the TRIP button for more than 2 seconds. The...
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The power door locks don't lock, either by the door switch or the key fob
It sounds like your remote may have lost synchronization. Most door lock systems use a "rolling code" where the digital code for the remote changes each time it is activated.The code for the controller changes along with it so they...
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My driver side door lock only works intermittently
Hi there. There should a rod connecting the door lock cylinder to the lock assembly that is held in place with a plastic clip. These clips do become brittle over time and can break easily, whether by using a slim...
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The power locks are not working on three of the doors
As unlikely as it may be, you could have three failed door motors; it has happened to me in the past. However, fuses, relays, a master switch, or the BCM could also be at fault. Check all fuses/relays and replace...
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The passenger door is stuck shut. It won't open from the inside or the outside.
You are probably correct that it is not fully unlatching. The Mini door lock actuators (part electric, part mechanical) have what is essentially a two-stage lock, and can become "double-locked". Sometimes, exercising the "unlock/lock/unlock" cycle multiple times will yield just...
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Large clunk in what sounds like front of car
Hey there. This noise is an indication of movement of the suspension. The first thing to check would be the lower control bushings on both sides of the car should be checked for movement by supporting the vehicle off the...
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My door does not lock or unlock. Would I need to replace a fuse or buy a new key?
I believe the door lock actuator has failed, not a fuse or key. BMW door lock actuators (part electric, part mechanical) have what is essentially a two-stage lock, and can fail and become "double-locked". Sometimes, exercising the "unlock/lock/unlock" cycle multiple...
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I can't unlock my car on the driver side
Hi there. The alarm should not affect the use of the key to unlock and lock the driver's door. The linkage from the door lock cylinder to the door latch assembly must be disconnected. A fairly common failure, is the...
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Lost car remote
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Yes you can get another remote and program it to match your vehicle, but make sure that the remote is programmed to the VIN of the vehicle if you tend to get it from...
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Only the driver's door will unlock with the remote or door switch
Hi there. On your particular vehicle, there is a central control that receives the signal from the key remote and relays that information to the other locks. This could be the component that is damaged. To be certain, you might...
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Car door alarm sensors keep going off while car is on, because of that I can't even lock my doors when it's off.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. What seem to happen is a door sensor / switch has failed. Turn on the dome light to door and shut all of the doors. See if the light dims after shutting all...

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