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Vw Passat b5 Door Lock Mechanism Repair

Vw Passat b5 Door Lock Mechanism Repair

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Published by: José Luis Ormeño on Sep 30, 2011
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Door Lock Mechanism Repair
Symptoms:
 Door(s) fail to respond normally to lock/unlock signals. In several cases, sending a lock signal viaremote locks all but one door. Subsequently sending an unlock and second lock signal then locks theproblematic door. Also, when the door in question is the driver's side front door with an aftermarketwindow controller (AlienTech, etc), the controller usually fails to operate as usual.
 Problem:
 The door locking mechanism - responsible for coordinating the activities of the handles, key, and alarm -is having an electronic malfunction, most likely a cracked solder joint from repeated door opening/ closing. This is combined with a poor design layout that stresses internal solder joints if the lockingmechanism screws loosen and allows movement of the entire unit in the door.This, of course, is assuming that the door locks and unlocks mechanically without problem (through theinterior handle, exterior handle, and key insertion).Replacing the part with a new one will be a definite fix, but you may also want to consider popping theunit open and look for any obvious problems - despite appearances the internal parts susceptible tofailure are simple to troubleshoot and repair.Also, considering that you'll be removing the inner door panel to access the locking mechanism, nowwould be a good time to add some noise dampening material to the metal door skin if you desire. Thereis a damping panel in place from the factory, and it would be interesting to hear if adding additionalmaterial would have a noticeable effect.

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