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Old 05-12-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Door lock problem

Hey guys,

I drive a 1996 328. My right rear door lock will not operate with the central locking. I can manually lock/unlock it. Would that be the door actuator, or is there something else I should look at? Also, when locking/unlocking the trunk with the key, should the doors operate as well? Mine don't. Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-12-2009, 11:27 AM   #2
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As to the second part of your question, yes, the door locks should operate through the trunk lock, perhaps you're not turning it that extra 90 degrees. Then again, this could be related to the first part of your question, but I don't have any ideas on that, sorry.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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OK, the fun part. You get to rip the inner door panel off your car, run a couple of jumper wires to the lock solenoid and see if you can make it fire manually. If it does, you have a wiring problem. If it doesn't you need a solenoid. As far as the trunk latch is concerned check fuses, relays and of course wiring. Could also just be a worn contact in the trunk switch, pull it off ohm it out and see whats what.
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Thanks. I actually found the problem in the trunk. One of the connections on the actuator had come loose...easy enough. I found the actuator in the right rear door to be bad. I was able to take it apart and fix, so I thought. It worked for about three days, and has stopped again. Guess it's time to throw down some coin on a new one. Man, that was a pain getting out of there. Thanks again for the suggestions.
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