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Old 01-18-2009, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cental locking problem now

Hi all i seem to be getting is problems

My car doesn't have remote central locking (don't know if it should have) but but when i lock the car from the drivers side (as passenger doesnt work?) i car hear and see the locking mech opening and closing over and over again, it happens about 6 times then either stays open or closes!

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I would say you have a faulty connection to or a faulty actuator, why doesnt the passenger lock work???
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^ E36, 3series, all door internals for these are the same.
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It's just a 318IS 94 model e36. Where would the actuator be? i know the previous owner has bodged the window open with a piece of wood, i cant see any window runners in the door to be fair!
But would that have any adverse effect on the locking?
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Window shouldnt make any difference to the door lock, do check that the wiring connector is secure in the actuator, the actuator sits on top of the door lock #9 in diagram:

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There is another possibility that it is the C/Locking relay playing up, do all the door locks open shut open shut or just the drivers???
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the fuel cap pin comes in and out as well, so out of the three locks two keep doing the same thing?

strange!
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Right is has to be the C/locking relay playing up, you will find it here and the part number

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Hi there, iv'e been looking but cant seem to see it on there, is it the same thing as a central locking actuator?
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Hi, if you haven't already sorted out the problem it sounds like the passengers side door lock actuator. I have just had a similar problem with my car, couldn't lock doors from the trunk/boot lock and would do a similar thing. Ended up being that someone had replaced the trunk/boot actuator with a aftermarket one which did not have an inbuilt switch which told the lock module weather it was locked or unlocked so it got confused.I have replaced the aftermarket actuator with a standard one and now all works well, So after all that it could be that the switch in your passengers side door lock that could be the problem.
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