Re: [DML] Door Solenoids and lock modules.
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Re: [DML] Door Solenoids and lock modules.



I have an unusual store regarding being locked in. Just after I purchased 
my D, I was having issues with the doors not locking and unlocking 
properly. So I decided to disconnect the lock module. The next time I tried 
to get out, my door wouldn't open! I ended up having to crawl out of the 
passenger side. Turned out the locks were not aligned and it was the 
solenoid that gave it "the extra push" to unlock it. By disconnecting the 
module, it would only unlock using the key! Fixing the alignment took care 
of the issue.

Another another D I've worked on, I noticed that the unlock part of both 
solenoids were fried. While it is common to have the stock lock module 
freeze with the doors locked, it's also just as common to have them freeze 
being unlocked! Of course most people don't typically notice their doors 
being stuck unlocked while driving down the road or getting out.

I think it's a safe bet that anybody with the stock module and solenoids 
either have a nonfunctional locking system or are on borrowed time. I would 
highly recommend doing one of the following:

Disconnect the large white connector on the stock module and forgo central 
locking/unlocking.
Rebuild the stock module using the guide in the tech section.
Replace the lock module with the new digital controller.
Upgrade the solenoids to actuators.

Or best of all, both of the last two!

Chris
VIN 4099


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