Auto Repair Help
Carl’s Corner – Auto Repair Help


By Carl O’Reilly

The power door locks are all inoperative or a single door lock is inoperative.

The power door locks utilize individual solenoids in each of the doors that activate the door lock mechanism. The switch provides power to the door lock solenoids. To lock the doors the switch provides voltage to the two terminals of the solenoid. To unlock the doors the switch reverses the polarity of the voltage applied to the solenoid. An inoperative power door lock can be caused by the switch, solenoid, wiring problem or mechanical problem within the linkage of the affected door.

If all of the door locks are inoperative, start your diagnosis at the fuse box. Inspect the fuse that protects the door lock circuit to ensure it is not blown. Consult the fuse box placard or your owners manual for fuse designations and ratings. Operate each door lock switch in the vehicle to determine if the doors can be locked with any of the switches. If the doors lock with any one switch the most likely problem is a defective switch on the door that is inoperative. If all of the door lock switches are functional but one door fails to operate, the most likely problem is an open circuit in the circuit between the switch and solenoid or a defective solenoid in the affected door. You should listen to the affected door while energizing the door lock. If a click is heard but the lock did not engage, a problem with the door lock mechanism or linkage is the most likely cause.

An inspection of the rubber boot and wiring harness that connects from the door frame and the door can often reveal wiring damage. A volt meter, available at any auto parts store, can be used to check the voltage to the individual lock solenoids and switches. Refer to the meters instruction for proper usage and precautions.

123 Responses to “Diagnose Power Door Locks Dont Work Properly”

  1. Richard says:

    My Gm car doors work fine when it is cool, but is either slow or almost don’t work when hot

    • Robert says:

      I have the same problem on my chevy cobalt. Cold weather the remote lock and unlock works fine. As soon as weather warms up I start having problems. What would cause this?

    • Libbie says:

      I have the same problem of my driver door not unlocking when its hot outside. It will unlock with the key, just not with the key fob or electric button on the inside. Did you get any ideas on what the problem could be.

    • Joe Pagliero says:

      My 1997 2500 Suburban has a different twist.

      The lock/unlock switch on the driver side arm rest will not activate the door locks.

      But….. They all function automatically by locking when the truck is started and placed in gear and by unlocking when the truck is shut off.

      I checked the fuse box and found #13 fuse blown. It pops immediately when a fuse is installed.
      It is labeled “cig liter” but the cigarette lighter works even when this fuse is unplugged.
      I metered the fuse slot and see the top terminal is hot (12v) and the lower peg is a hard ground.

      I tore the driver door apart and inspected all wires and found nothing apparent. I even replaced the door lock switch but it didn’t change anything. I now have a spare, I believe.

      This problem started while at the dealer getting a winter service. They kept it for 5 days and returned it un-repaired but without any cost.

      Anyone have an idea how to troubleshoot this?
      I am also having intermittent problems with the rear barn door lock. It is intermittent – so I took that door apart and disconnected the solenoid. It won’t lock, but I don’t have to crawl over seats to get it open.

      Please let me know if I am missing something or if any of you have seen something similar.

      My email –

      Happy New Year – and best wishes for the entire year.

  2. Robert says:

    Put the key in the lock to unlock the door and the key turn 360. Will not not unlock the door. Have to unlock from the inside once get in from the other side. Have to pull up the door lock.

    • Matt says:

      Robert, the likely cause is that the plastic clip on the back of the lock cylinder is either broken or has otherwise become detached from the linkage that allows you to manually unlock the car with a key. It is also likely that there are other problems with the cylinder as it should not rotate 360 degrees you may want to consider replacing it or having a locksmith take a look and see if they can salvage the current lock.

  3. Tory Lee says:

    Hi, I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra and the power locks aren’t working. Wen I go to push the button on driver and passenger door I hear a clicking sound but all 4 doors do not lock/unlock. What can I do to fix it… Pleas Help.

  4. Garry says:

    I have a 99 Durango and the locks on the passenger side do not unlock when pushing the unlock switch on both sides as well as the fob but will lock. Any ideas?

    • chris clark says:

      had the problem with door lock drivers side not working with remote dealer told me it as the acuator not working 2 or 3 hundred dollars repair.i shot in every door crannie with dust blaster and then wd 40 it so far has worked fine hope it keeps working chris

  5. Jim Huber says:

    Hi Carl – I’m trying to help a friend diagnose door lock problems with his 2008 Chevy Malibu. The interesting aspect of his problem is that when he first gets into the car, he can actuate (open/close) all four door locks. If he tries doing it again, only three of the door locks actuate. If he tries it yet again, only two actuate. He gets to the point where only the right rear door lock functions. It’s also the case that each time he actuates the system, there is sound in the other lock solenoids, but it gets weaker with each actuation. If he turns the car off and then on again immediately, this situation persists (i.e. only the right rear door lock works). However, if he lets the car sit long enough (I’m not sure how long is long enough), the system seems to reset and the same pattern as described above reoccurs.

    To me it sounds like whatever device (solid state relay in the body control module?) is supplying the current to actuate the solenoids is able to supply sufficient current the first time the system is actuated but then degrades with each subsequent actuation. Stated differently, I’m wondering if some device in the body control module is failing such that each actuation results in it having a reduced capacity to supply current. Have you ever heard of such a thing?



    • Jamie says:

      im having the same damn problem with my chevy malibu 2009

      • Jarrett says:

        Very similar. .’09 Malibu. Only driver door and right rear have trouble. The key always unlocks the driver’s door, no problem.

      • Earl says:

        I have the same problem,2008 malibu ltz 39000 miles it started at 25000 miles.The bcm was replaced under recall,
        but then the problem started!

    • sm says:

      i have the exact same problem in my 08 malibu. After the the BCM recall issue for the brake lights this is happening more. The car has been in the dealership for over 3 weeks, and they are no help at all. I’m pretty sure the BCM or something on it is causing this. What did you find out???

    • Nick says:

      I’m having the exact same issue with my 2008 Impala. Any ideas?

      • John Wangensteen says:

        I have an ’08 Impalla, Rt. rear door will not unlock electrically. Got to be bad selonoid, wire or ground. Removing door panel no aparent access to the above. Still working on solution.

    • Ryan says:

      I’m having that exact same issue with my 2008 Malibu…
      has anyone found a solution to this problem?

  6. kev says:

    Hi, simple problem. My power locks work but will not move to actually lock/unlock the doors. I can hear the locks working with both the remote and the door switches. The lock tabs will jerk but ultimately will not move to lock/unlock positions. This is happening on a 1999 Ford F150. What could be the likely solutuion?

    • james says:

      Hey Kev,

      more than likely the actuators are out, You-tube for a disassembly video on your truck. You can either rebuild the actuators by an extra 20 minute per unit, time investment, as the resistor goes bad, and that entails breaking open the little drive motor and wrapping resistor in foil and placing back, from the comments, ppl say this fix last for the life of the truck. You can You tube that actuator rebuild also, there’s some great stuff there which will help you way more than a black and white Haynes manual with poor grainy photos. That will save $35-40 per actuator or just you can buy new actuators online or via local parts store. I’ve had several fleet F250s with power locks and you can tell they are going out as they start to get weak. while you have your door apart, make sure you lubricate all plastic parts with silicone, all metal parts with a light grease or oil. The less resistance this whole assembly has the longer I believe it will last.

  7. Cammi says:

    I have a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. Whether using the key remote, or the button inside the van, the 2 sliding doors may or may not lock/unlock. There’s no real rhyme or reason as to when they work. You can hear the sound, and sometimes see a slight movement, but they do not always lock or unlock.

    If this is not something I can fix myself, do I take the vehicle to a mechanic or someone special? My vehicle was just gotten into last night (probably a crime of opportunity) and my GPS was stolen and I’m getting annoyed. Thanks!

  8. Andy says:

    I have a 2004 Pontiac Montana and my power locks work only with remote not on the switches at the door. I hope you have a solution for me. Thanks

  9. Wes says:

    I have a Pontic 2002 Montana it to only locks with the remote? Do you know what the issue is?

  10. ian says:

    My alarm goes off in my car no matter what i do. Even if the keys inn ignition and i do the least of just pressing the unlock button my security system goes off. I believe the problem is that one of my doors(rear passenger) doesn’t lock our unlock when i press the button. What do i do ? Its driving me mad.

  11. Jamie says:

    My right lock makes a horrible sound when I lock with the my button device.

  12. Sarah says:

    I have a 2014 chevy impala. My issue is with the front passenger side door.

    It will not lock/unlock if trying to use my fob. While all other doors have no problem with it. The door also does not respond to the power lock/unlock button on the inside, although all other doors again have no problem.

    It will lock if I manually lock it with my key from the outside, or manually with the lock switch on the inside.

    Best way to go about diagnosing and fixing?

    • Jim says:

      First I must ask why you wouldn’t take the car back to the dealer and make it their problem on such a new vehicle? The best way to diagnose and repair would be to first remove the right front inside door panel. Since it doesn’t respond to the key fob or the power lock switch the problem is in the lock solenoid or the wiring to the solenoid. I would guess on such a new vehicle the harness connector just came unplugged from the solenoid (or actuator). With a volt meter you should have 12 volts at 1 wire going into the solenoid and ground at the other wire. These 2 wires just reverse polarity when you attempt to reverse the direction of the locks, either lock or unlock. I you have 12 volts and a ground then the solenoid is defective.

  13. Rich says:

    Carl – Love your insight! I hope you can shed some light on this mystery…

    2004 Honda Accord (4dr)

    Symptom #1: – when locking/unlocking the car with key fob, key or inside driver door switch, the driver side door will lock/unlock. The other 3 doors remain unaffected. All three doors went out at the same moment.

    Symptom #2: – After the driver side door is unlocked, within 1 min, the door will lock. This happens if the door is open, or closed, whether the car is running or not. This is not the standard Honda safety auto-locking feature.. this is a random locking within 1 min or less. I suspect that this started to occur at the same time as Symptom #1, though I didn’t notice it until I locked myself out of the car (while running) a week later.

    Thanks in advance for the help…..

  14. wayne says:

    The driver’s side on my 2004 Mazda3 is locked and cannot be unlocked with the remote or with the key. The key will not turn to the unlock position. This door also cannot be opened from the inside by manually toggling the unlock button or by activating the electric lock switch.

    When the remote is activated, no sound is heard in the driver’s door. Both power door fuses test functional. All other doors unlock/lock as per normal from outside and inside.

    • Oak says:

      Hi Wayne,

      I am experiencing this same problem now! Do you have any advice on how to fix it?

      Some forums suggest that I should remove the inner panel/trim of the door to access the lock mechanism. This seems to be a challenge given that the door is still closed.

      Any guidance you can provide would be appreciated.


  15. Shane says:

    hi i have a ford fiesta 1.3 2002 mk6 i have trouble code 1310 in the gem module i have used a scan to to manually operate the central locking and boot and individually tested each door and all seem to be working and also through my 3rd party alarm the central locking works but it will not work at all through the key interior latches and the boot relese in the dash will not work i have also tried a different module with the same fault
    and using the built in test function nothing happens on any of the door latches cheers shane

  16. Jamie says:

    i press the unlock button on my car remote and only the passenger and driver doors open. but sometimes one of the back back doors opens. in some rear occasions all the doors unlock properly.

  17. doree says:

    Hello — my passenger side door unlocks manually with no problem, locks with the switch on the driver’s side door no problem. The driver’s side door used to open manually, but now I cannot get it to open using my key. It has never unlocked by using the power switch (I have to pull it up by hand), nor does it lock by using the power switch.

    In order to lock ANY doors, I have always had to hold the driver’s side inside door handle out while pressing down on the power lock button on the driver’s side door.

    As of late, the driver’s side door not only will not unlock by using my key, but now, when I go in from the passenger side and pull up on the button, as soon as I pull on the door handle, it automatically locks the driver’s side door. So… I discovered that I have to pull out the inside driver’s side door handle while pulling up on the lock button at the same time, then throw the door wide open and hope that it stays open.

    Do I have one main problem going on here, or a few?

  18. Jonathan Alvarez says:

    my passanger door unlock/lock switch unlocks but does not lock. but my remote unlocks all doors. could it be a bad switch?

  19. Carl says:

    Hi, my passenger door locks/unlocks both doors but my driver side door works independently and feels powerless, any ideas ??
    I have a fiat punto.

    Thanks carl

  20. John says:

    Hi I have an 06 chevy cobalt, both buttons on the doors do not work but my remote will unlock and lock the car. My fuse looks fine so I’m not sure what it could be. Also as I’m driving, the doors will periodically lock and unlock for no reason. Any help?

    • joe says:

      I’ve had this problem of the doors lock/unlock without pressing any buttons. I unplugged one of the lock switches and the problem went away. If it still has the problem, plug it back in and try the other one.

  21. Jay says:

    Hello i have a 95 Nissan Sentra and I have been having problems with the doors locking and unlocking by itself. Im finally fed up with it today someone actually ransacked my car and left all the doors wide open although they did not take anything. I do not want my car to be missing one of these days. So to begin my window switches on both the passenger doors do not work. My main switch has been programmed to where I had to rewire the rear passenger button to be able to control my driver side window but the problem has been going on long before I had to do this. Thanks ahead of time.

  22. Cole says:

    Hi, I have a 2006 Crown Vic P71. All the door locks stopped working yesterday evening after working fine. All fuses are good, when you hit the lock/unlock button you hear the relays in the drivers door module clicking but none of the locks seem to get any power. Do you think something as went bad in that module?

  23. Lauren says:

    I have a 2003 Nissan Micra 3dr (new shape) – since buying it this April I’ve had nothing but trouble withthe driver front door – sometimes I unlock the door and it doesn’t unlock properly, sometimes I lock it and it doesn’t lock – the passenger door and boot all lock fine. At the beginning, the central locking system was going AWOL and would click hen I turned a corner or something like that but since changing the battery in the remote this has not happened. I’ve taken it to a Nissan dealership and they said it was the door lock actuator as it still makes the locking noise but doesn’t lock. They wanted around £180 for the part and to fit it but couldn’t 100% guarantee that that would fix the problem. PLEASE HELP ME. If there is a chance that it could be done NOT by a mechanic then please let me know

  24. Tshepo says:

    I have nissan sentra 1997 model,alarm is working,bt it doesnt lock all 4 doors

  25. Anant says:

    I have Ford Ikon with crosslinks wheels remote lock installed. The problem is that while using the remote key the doors lock but cannot unlock.

    This is a strange problem. Please help me sort it out.


  26. Linda says:

    I have a 2005 dodge caravan. Today when I drive to my destination I discovered none of my door locks would lock. Recently I had trouble getting the key fob to operate any of them, but now none of them will lock from the fob or the interior lock switch. My fuses tested OK. What could the problem be?

  27. Pat Langan says:

    I have a 2004 Chevy Impala. All doors will open and lock from switch on drivers and passenger doors but only drivers door will lock and unlock from key in drivers door lock. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  28. Ke says:

    I have a 2004 ford expidition. I’ve checked fuse box and all is fine. None of the power door locks don’t wort. They don’t even make a noise. All included in this problem is the radio console lights don’t work either although the sound works just fine. Can this be fixed easily?

  29. Naomi says:

    My Malibu unlocks and the trunk opens, but will not lock the doors and the horn button no longer sounds the horn.

  30. I Have A Nissan Murano 2009 and the drive side door will not open all the other doors open can you tell me what is the problem.

  31. Cindy says:

    I have a 2007 Kia Sportage. When I lock and unlock my doors with my Fob there is no longer any sound. Also, my alarm does not work. Is this a loose wire or a bad fuse, which I could not find?

  32. Orlando Paez says:

    I have a 2005 Honda Civic EX. My door lock aren’t working properly. My door lock remote is fine as far as the battery goes. I changed out a door switch on the driver side which didn’t help either. This is a 4 dr sedan. I can hear all 3 doors clicking except the driver side front door. Does the front driver side door link to all the other doors? I figured that the door actuators only pertain to each door. Not sure what the issue is? I wouldn’t think it’s a fuse only because I can hear the 3 doors clicking. Now, again, the front driver side door I can’t hear any clicking. Can you tell me what my next step should be?

  33. Danny Gonzales says:

    I have a 2004 honda accord. My problem is that the doors automatically locks when the key is in the ignition.

  34. Ryan says:

    2006 Ford F150 4 door – My door locks function with the remote and interior lock buttons only when the drivers side door is closed. If the drivers door is open, the locks and window switches become inoperable with the switch, but the remote will still unlock/lock the doors. Any ideas?.

  35. B says:

    Hi, I have an unusual problem, I can unlock my doors only to have them lock up before I am at the car door.
    I have even left my Fob inside my home to make sure I haven’t accidently set it off. Is it possible that something is interfering with the signals from Fob to the car? My car is a 2002 Honda Civic, I have researched this problem but have found nothing on the internet.

  36. david says:

    hi i have a mazda 6 sport a 2003 model recently ihave tried opening my boot and wont open all the rest of the doors r fine but the boot is clicking but not opening?????

  37. David S. Armstrong says:

    Iam out of town. A friend has a 2005 Dodge Neon. The electric door lock switch on the drivers door will lock the door. Problem she has is as follows: place key in drivers door, turn key and drivers door will not unlock. Have to crawl over back seat from the trunk to get in the car. Is there a lock rod that runs from the door key cylinder to an electric unlock switch?

  38. Robert Kalua says:

    Hi, I have a nissan caravan van 2005 the central lock iz not working n dashboard n its not pulling wen this things are down, what cn be the major cause to this??

  39. Moe Jones says:

    My power locks on my 1998 tahoe switch aint working I check the fuse and they are fine and none of the doors switch are working what you think is the problem

  40. Ralf says:

    The problem with my car is that when I turn it off the doors don’t unlock and it used to do that now it doesn’t do that anymore. I have a Hyundai Tiburon 2001 and my car supposedly has electrical problems so will checking the operations manual online do the job? Because I don’t have the operations manual in my car when I bought it used.

  41. Burnie says:

    I have a 1986 Chevy Silverado K10 with auto door locks. It has an aftermarket alarm which activates the door locks with the remote keyless entry. The door locks began not opening – - keyless entry will disarm but the door locks don’t open; I have to lock/unlock the door with the key. My friend, who owns the company that installed the alarm system, took a look at it and says it is in the truck, not the alarm system or alarm wiring.

    This was intermittent a couple of times – took it to him twice and the locks mysteriously started working again. I went to start it today and the battery was dead. When I hook a battery booster to it, the locks pulse every 30 seconds or so like they are trying to unlock, but they don’t unlock. I assume this is what killed the battery.

    I disconnected the battery and have it on a trickle charger. Any ideas where to start looking when the battery is charged?


  42. Mary says:

    My 2012 Chevrolet malibu keyless remote will unlock but will not lock my doors.

  43. Reva says:

    I have an 2008 Malibu the driver side window will not go up. the rest of the window in the car are working. The locks in my car use to go up and down by itself.I replace the drivers side switch. but that don’t seem to be the problem. what do you think the problem could be?

  44. Mr. Patel says:


    I have Chevrolet Lacetti. my remote key works for all door except driver door. So, I have to use key directly to open the door. can you tell me how can I resolve it myself.

    When pressed open button of remote key, I think I don’t hear click sound.

    could you please help.


  45. William says:

    Hi, i’ve got a Pontiac Sunfire 2002, I just change the battery of her, because the other one was scrap and now nothing is working on my controller, not a button is working.Can you help me…Thanks

  46. george says:

    i have a 96 corolla and my car alarm system is an aftermarket and now it goes faulty. the doors are opening itself, i mean the latches go up by themselves. if i lock them using the key, they will go up again and then down. if i unlock them, hey still try to go up because my lights are flashing.

  47. Jessica says:

    Hi. I have a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis. This question refers to the power locks. When I hit the lock button the back two doors lock but the front doors does not. It makes a noise but does not lock. Can you help me…Thanks!

  48. Howdy,
    I have a ’92 Nissan Pathfinder and it’s been at the shop for 2 months now, off and on. When I first took it there all locks worked properly but one window wouldn’t operate by itself; had to operate it from master switch on driver’s side. I’ve spent quite a bit so far; to no avail; Corporate Nissan says it’s too old or try another dealer; I don’t buy that. Please help this 79yr old Great Grandpa/DAV/US Army/7yrs/’50s. Nissan has all the parts because I inquired at that office and they emailed me a list of any parts, etc I might require to solve the issues. Many thanks and God Bless. Pennington/GA/(478)968-5904. Please call me!!

  49. 3D says:

    Hi. I have a 2013 Hyundai Tucson and have a problem with the cargo door. It has stayed lock for a little while now and only the key fob can unlock it. When the car is on or when the key is in and I open the driver’s side door, it will make the unlock sound (3x) but will not actually unlock. I have taken it to the dealership as it is under warranty. They told me that there’s a failure with the door lock assembly. I would just like to know your professional insight on this issue and how this can be fixed. They are taking a long time to address my warranty claim and I am just patiently (almost losing it) waiting. Thank you so much for your help.

  50. DJ says:

    My 2008 Impala has door lock problems. All Doors will lock but only the driver door will unlock. I can hear the relay down in the passenger floor board clicking but the door locks will not move. All three doors went out at the same time.

  51. T says:

    Hi, I need some direction, please. I have a 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS. I’m also having door lock problems. I can lock and unlock the doors with the remote but not with the key.
    I can put the key into all 3 locks -the lock of the driver side, the passenger door lock and the trunk lock, fully. It will not turn at all in either the driver or trunk lock. In the passenger lock it turns to the right which is the lock position. Is this an electrical problem or what should I be looking for? Please advise. I have the fear that I will not be able to get in one day. Thanks for your help.

  52. Dolores Chastain says:

    I have a 2012 Nissan Versa. The drivers side door will unlock and open from the outside. But the inside the car the drivers side door shows the door is unlocked but the door will not open. Even though the lock shows it is unlocked, the door is still locked.

  53. daniel says:

    My 2002 pontiac montana has automatic door locks however it has malfunction o left the key in by mistake one day and it locked its self i found out it is not suspose to do that is there any way to diable that

  54. todd says:

    Honda Accord 2004. When I use my fob to lock my Honda the driver’s side door lock doesn’t lock. If I lock the doors manually from the inside the driver’s side door doesn’t lock. If I lock the doors manually, from the outside by inserting my key into the keyhole all my doors will lock. If I try to open the doors with my fob at this point, the doors do not respond. Then I manually open the doors by inserting the key into the keyhole and turning it to the right, the driver’s side door will open, but not any of the others. It takes another key turn to the right or the fob to unlock the other three doors. Up until four weeks ago, everything was working. Is it possible that the car’s locking sequence or program was changed accidentally or is my locking mechanism broken?

  55. Ashir says:

    i have problem with my fiat bravo 2011 as when i push the lock button the led lights up as it closed but it’s wont close not all time but i happens every week for 2 or 3 times

  56. Tyler says:

    I have a 04 dodge durango the problem I am having is that nothing electrical is working unless the key is in the on position ie (interior lights,door locks,and even headlights) I just purchased this vehicle and want to know what might be going on

  57. Douglas Laws says:

    Power door lock on drivers door only works when endine running and door closed checked ground all clean and tight any other ideas

  58. Douglas Laws says:

    Sorry truck is a 1989 Chevy k2500 and passanger door lock works fine

  59. Nancy says:

    Have a 2002 Escape Doors will not unlock can’t get in any door or back hatch. Whats wrong can’t get in the car.

  60. allison says:

    i have a 2003 ford taurus power locks and alarm system..first thing i noted was alarm has a mind of its on and goes of when ever it wants to, so we would re shut all the doors,,sometimes it worked, than lately notices the door open light goes on from time to time when all the doors are locked,, than the top light in the car wasnt shutting off then the car alarm was going off tonight,, and the door lights(side mirror) lights were not going off, my hubby had to do something to the battery to cut the power, help please

  61. allison says:

    alarm always going off ,, rear view mirror lights staying on when car is locked and shut

    • Adam says:

      Hi Allison, it sounds like it might be one of the door switches isn’t making a full circuit properly. If one of the door switches doesn’t work properly the alarm still thinks one of the doors is open. Likewise if a door switch is faulty because the circuit believes the door is open the light will remain on until the switch is sorted out.

  62. timmy says:

    my fiat palio central locking system are waterdamage and the whole system needs to be replace. can i put a brand new system in and buy-pass the old system

  63. timmy says:

    my central door locking system faulty can i make it work manually with out the key

  64. Adam says:

    I have a Mk 1(99)Focus, hatchback. The central locking locks/unlocks all the doors from my alarm system, but if I try to lock/unlock all doors from the drivers side it only locks/unlocks the driver door. If I use the key in the passenger side it will lock/unlock all doors properly. I also find that when using the alarm system to lock/unlock the car the doors automatically lock within seconds of unlocking. However, this only occurs in colder weather.

    Note: The battery is fine and so is fuse(63) I also cant see any obvious cuts in the door wires.

    Any thoughts?

  65. [...] of your windows or all of your locks suddenly aren’t working, it’s more likely to be a blown fuse affecting the entire [...]

  66. Jeff says:

    My after market universal remote door locks will lock but no response when I try to unlock , thank you very much

  67. joe says:

    I have a 2007 civic. The rear driver side power lock stopped working with the key fob and drivers switch. Also doesn’t lock when you begin driving. There is no sound coming from the lock.

  68. Hi I have Ford Escape 2002 today I went to start my car I am currently not driving it as need fix but can start it to charge Battery. As I knew it was flat as I jump started it with my drive door open and then I sat in there for while to charge it up. Once I got out of the car some how I couldn’t shut my driver door as it was on lock mode. Why is that and how can I fix it that I shut my door again. I had to tarp my car over cos I couldn’t shut my car door. And we have bad rain here thx

  69. Sasha says:

    I recently purchased a 2013 dodge grand caravan two months ago, my key fob has 6 buttons on it, but with my model van there’s 3 that i can use, which are the “panic”, unlock and lock buttons. Roughly a week ago, the lock button stopped working, but the panic button and unlock button still works, and i went to buy a replacement battery, but the same thing remain. i don’t know what is wrong, and i didn’t want to pay $89 for a Dodge car dealer to diagnose the problem if it’s minor. Help me please. Thanks

  70. chic says:

    I have a ford focus x reg keys wont lock doors by pressing button on key or even by inserting key in lock how can I fix this

  71. DuWayne Layton says:

    I have a 08 Chevy Cobalt. When I push either the drivers door or pass door power door lock switch to lock the car it unlocks all the doors. When I push it to lock them nothing happens. I replaced the drivers door switch and nothing changed. Very frustrating.

  72. Kwaze says:

    I have a 2004 Mazda 3 , and my switch will not activate the door locks at all , I also noticed that my door ajar light stays on even with all the doors closed properly. I suspect that because I had my light kit wired to the fuse that controlled the door locks , my door locks are acting funny but I’ve disconnected it and let it do it’s thing and the problem still remains , any idea what the problem is or where I should take it ? Any help would be greatly appreciated

  73. Mari says:

    I have a door lock/unlock problem in my NIssan Altima 2.5S 2003. It happened yesterday. My remote lock/unlock is stopped working long time back. So, all these days I have been using the key to lock and unlock the car. But suddenly, from yesterday I am not even lock/unlock my card door from the driver side. Where to fix this issue?. I live in Brea, CA area. Any closest service center I can approach in this area?. How much it would cost to fix this issue?.


  74. chak says:

    HI, I have problem with the power door lock for my saturn aura 2008 are up and down but door locks are not functioning..only lock buttons are not working..can anyone pls tell me solution.

  75. Tom Radicchi says:

    2005 dodge caravan. remote button on key fob used to lock and unlock three doors and the back gate, one side slider had to be done manually, and it seemed a bit stiff. one day the other three doors stopped working all at the same time. they won’t respond to the remote button or the switches on the doors. I have to work them manually now.

    the back gate still works by the remote button. is there a separate fuse for the front four doors?

    how can I tell if I need to replace the solenoids or the switches for each door?

    none of the switch buttons on the doors will work the locks, I have to manually pull up and down on each door lock.

  76. Bruce says:

    I have a 2003 Ford Explorer & The interior lock switch on the drivers door works when it wants to. I thought it was the switch so I replaced it. No change……
    Don’t know where to go next. The lock will work with the remote & the passenger door lock but, does not always work with the interior drivers door lock. When, it doesn’t work I don’t hear a click. Any suggestions?????

  77. Mitch says:

    I have a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When locking my car, all of the doors lock accept for the trunk and the glass window as well. A click is heard by no lock is engaged. I do not know where to begin to get it fixed. The key fob broke so I use the lock button on the drivers side door yet the trunk just wont lock. suggestions???

  78. Neal says:

    I have a Honda Civic 2002 EX. When I have changed the batteries in the fab but nothing happens. You can use the auto unlock switch in the car and all door unlock without issue.

    So I dont believe it is a short but possibly the device in the car that receives the signal to unlock from the fab. Is that an easy repair or do I need a pro to deal with it.

  79. Lance Rau says:

    Hi, just bought 2 1998 honda civics, 1 ex, 1 lx. Both have the exact same problem. 1 rear door lock doesn’t work on both, same door and both have fuel gauges not working correctly and eratically. Since both have the exact 2 same issues can they be related?

  80. Mustafa says:

    I have Honda accord 2004 i-vtec 2.4 petrol 4 door saloon , the door lock driver side (left hand drive) is not working all the others are , no sound or click when I push it, it give no response to the remote key, if It has to be replaced what part number please

  81. eduardo says:

    I have a Ford but the control remote works but th the car dosent do it all fuses work great they are not burned and th e remote has new bateris

  82. Hassan says:

    I have auto electrical problem.
    chevy malibu maxx 2005 the power door lock is not working.
    driver side about one year, and the passenger side started to not function only (three) 3 days ago.

  83. Dave says:

    While driving my 1999 Buick Century my radio suddenly stopped working along with the clock, I soon realized my Windows stopped working as well. Later I played around with it and found whether in accessory or running none of these items work unless I press the lock button on the drivers door. They also begin working when I put the car in gear and the doors lock. However the doors will not unlock either out of gear or by pressing the unlock button on the door or FOB. Is this a wiring issue, switch or relay?

  84. Mel says:

    I have a 2009 chev Uplander. The front passenger door will lock and unlock with the key fob and the power door locks on the door, but will not open. Do you have any ideas what could be going on?

  85. Amy says:

    I have an ’03 Avalanche 1500. All of my doors will open ( with key fob or driver switch) but only the front two will lock. On rare occasions the rear doors will also lock. I haven’t taken the door panels off to look at anything. It does sound like it’s trying to do something when I hit the lock button. I’m perplexed! Could it be the actuators? Or maybe something else? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

  86. rob says:

    I have a 2000 Cirrus. the drivers side door lock is making a loud buzzing noise when it self locks when starting to drive. Any ideas

  87. David says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have a 2005 Toyota Mark x. During rain season or after car wash, the remote doors stops operating. After some time, when sun resumes and its hot it corrects itself, or after 30km non stop drive, the problem is sorted. what could be the cause of the problem? The remote key (alarm gadget) doesn’t seem to have any problem as once pressed alarm is activated but doors do not close.

  88. Michelle says:

    Hi I’ve a grand scenic and the drivers door is not loving when you walk away from it, other doors are locking, also when you try to open drivers door it won’t open, so you have to press the handset a couple of times.

  89. Jim says:

    I have a 2007 Kia Sedona. The left side sliding passenger door’s automatic lock/unlock feature isn’t working. Press key fob once, driver door locks/unlocks. Press key fob second time, only the doors on the right side respond. This is also the case when using the key to manually lock/unlock and when engaging the locking mechanism from the inside. I’m not sure if it’s an electrical problem or if perhaps it’s the component within the door itself that should be locking/unlocking. I know there could be a number of causes but I’d like to start what may be the most common cause and work my down from there.

  90. Jordy says:

    None of the lock buttons work even the trunk. Have power but the doors will not lock when you shift into gear also. Push button on key fob and hear a little click sound. Can lock doors manually and open with a key. Can not use seat buttons to move seat forward either. Lumbar support dose not work either. 1998 Grand Marquis

  91. Boopathy says:

    Dear Sir,
    In our office electromagnetic door lock sometime its not locking at that time there was no electromagnetic power in lock, after 5 minutes the electromagnetic power automatically switched ON.This happens rarely.

  92. Paul says:

    my 2001 ford Crown Victoria police interceptor door locks wont work on any door nor does the trunk and gas release. i can , however, lock and unlock the doors plus pop the trunk with my remote entry system. my seat has lumbar and it works.

  93. Michael says:

    I have a 2003 Ford F150 supercab. My locks worked fine one day, and then they all stopped working at the same time. Neither the switch on the two front doors or on my keychain work. I have been told it is the actuators, the one of the switches itself, or a slew of other things. It is not the maxi fuse under the hood. Any suggestions?

  94. I have checked the fuse in my car that connects to the locks and it looked fine. I replaced it just to be sure, but the locks still don’t work on the drivers or passengers side. I think it unlikely that both switches went out at the same time, but I can try getting both of them fixed. Any suggestions?

  95. Kate Yilmaz says:

    Hello, I have a 2009 Seat Altea XL 1.9TDI and this is going to sound ridiculous but since about 2 weeks ago my front passenger door will not usually open from the outside irrelevant of whether the central locking is on or off, so we have to open it from the inside. Once opened from the inside, you can then close and open it from the outside as many times as you like and it will be OK while it is stationary. The problem comes when you move off and on changing up from 1st to 2nd gear, the front passenger door clicks and as soon as that happens if you pull up (turn off central locking) and try and open it from the outside it will not open! It doesn’t matter if you go up and down through the gears or anything else, it just happens on the change from 1st to second. Even if you drive off a bit but stay in gear it will open from the outside! Any ideas anyone as we will shortly be emigrating and it looks like I am going to have a repair bill, in order to sell my car :/

  96. Kate Yilmaz says:

    sorry the last bit should read… if you drive off a bit but stay in 1ST gear it will open from the outside…..

  97. Mark Johnson says:

    Hi, My son has a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. The Battery died and had to be replaced. When we replaced the Battery the door locks started unlocking and locking by themselves, with the key in the ignition and without the key in the ignition. I already disconnected the driver and passenger side door lock switches and when disconnected the back doors still locked and unlocked by themselves. Pulled fuse to stop this from happening. What should I do next: relay, bcm (hope not), not sure what to do next. Last resort take to a service shop.

  98. Ron says:

    I have a 2011 Chrysler one key entry with remote. Battery dead tried all methods to open car, none work. The key goes in lock turns but will not unlock door.

  99. MARK says:

    I have a 2002 Explorer XLT 4.6L. Recently have had some problems with the electric door locking system. The horn will chirp twice when arming the locks with the remote keyfob as if a door is not closed ( the doors are actually all locked). All doors are shut because the dash ‘door ajar light’ is not on. The interior light and passenger exterior mirror lights stay on for 10 minutes then turn off by the battery saver. The driver mirror light does not illuminate at all, but when checking it found out the bulb is ok. The drivers side door lock switch will not lock the doors with the key out of the ignition. The keyless entry will sound the horn when try to unlock the doors with the code. When pressing 7/8 and 9/0 simultaneously to unlock the other doors there isn’t any response. I have pulled the latch out of the drivers door to check the door switch and find it is ok.

  100. Farhan says:

    I have Skoda fabia 03 combi. when i lock or unlock the car from driver side (left front door) using key it work for the 3 door except front right door. but when i lock or unlock from the front right door, all the locks work.
    so i have to unlock the front right door manually by pulling the door opener handle twice in the right front door.

  101. Tamasipani Sousou says:

    I have 2008 Dodge Ram Truck what is happen it could not open the two back doors with the remote even lock it is nottoo only the two fron doors is still workong properly So how to fix that? thanks

  102. Amanda says:

    The unlock works on my power locks but lock does not….it only locks when I put it in drive or reverse. When I get out I have to go around and lock all doors manually…makes me crazy

  103. Sarah says:

    I have a 2001 Mitubishi Galant. The power locks only work when the car is on. Once I turn off the car the locks and the overhead light do not work.

  104. Gus says:

    Hello. I have a ’09 Honda CRV with a rear, driver’s side door lock that seems to have a mind of its own. The other 3 door locks seem to be fine. This lock opens and immediately re-locks itself as soon as any command to open doors (from any source – door master open/lock button, key fob, or placing the car in park) is made. The lock also seems to be stuck as manual attempts to open it are futile as it will, again lock itself. At times, previously, it would lock and unlock itself as the car was in motion (lock itself as you accelerated from a stop and unlock itself once you came to a stop). Any thoughts? Thanks!

  105. Kyle says:

    I have a 2009 Dodge journey SXT. Using the fob to unlock the car, all doors unlocked except driver side door. The lock appears to receive some signal but it does not fully Operate and unlock. I have to manually use the key to unlock the driver door. To lock the car, all doors operate with key fob or manually pressing the lock button on the driver side panel, but the driver door does not respond. I always have to push down the lock to lock the door. All windows work properly.

    I have not been able to find online anyone else that can explain this particular issue and which part I need to fix. I don’t trust Dodge as they have replaced the whole module on the driver door approximately 3x in 5 years. Any information or video will be greatly appreciated!

Leave a Reply