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Funny thing happened on the GTV the other day, when i locked the car with the remote i heard it lock then cycle to unlock again.Now I’ve had this before when the Bowden cable played up so i just locked the car with the key and thought nothing of it.
By chance i had to go out at night and noticed that the interior light was on, i got paranoid that some one had sneaked on the drive and broken in (happened once before) but it was all locked up.
After investigation i came to the conclusion that even though it appeared locked the ecu didn’t think it was so turned on the interior light. I removed the bulb that night and decided to tackle it today.
I tried various scenarios of locking and unlocking, using the remote and just the key. The remote would unlock the boot every time without failure ( its a custom central locking unit that fires the boot from the keyfob ) so i concluded that the central locking unit was okay. It would occasionally try and open the doors but mostly just opened the passenger door or did nothing at all. I suspected that the drivers locking mechanism was the culprit so removed the door card and interior handle. I cleaned the lock and solenoid and associated mechanisms, they were really gummed up with crap and old grease. Once i was happy that i had cleaned them up as best as i could i used WD40 Specialist lubricant, coating everything in sight to honest, getting your hand in there is a bit of a mission and there are lots of sharp edges so be careful.
I used the key to cycle the lock and it eventually freed up becoming smoother. Now for the top tip, its probably been covered before but if you look at the top of the door there are two grommets near the lock, ping them off and you can get reasonable access to the rear of the lock. I gave gathered passenger side the same treatment and it worked a treat, no need to remove the door card this time !
I’m going to add this job to my pre winter maintenance list, especially at this time of year the locks get frozen and gummed up plus the cold puts extra strain on the mechanisms.

So if you don’t want a dead battery and a car that appears locked but isn’t give this a go, only takes minutes as well.



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Thanks for the tip, I’ll give it a go tomorrow as my locks occasionally play up in cold weather. Always wondered what those grommets were for. My winter prep is limited to chucking a tin of de-icer in the boot and putting the hood up on the Spider.
 

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Thanks for the tip, I’ll give it a go tomorrow as my locks occasionally play up in cold weather. Always wondered what those grommets were for. My winter prep is limited to chucking a tin of de-icer in the boot and putting the hood up on the Spider.


No problem, as my car is more of a weekend toy that doesn’t really get used enough I try to prep it for winter . On saying that the heater is far superior to what’s in my Mercedes when I do fancy a winter blast.


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