Jump to content


Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse
 

Photo
- - - - -

Electric door locks


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 e3mt

e3mt

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 100 posts
  • Tennessee

Posted 24 September 2003 - 12:12 PM

Have electric locks on my 94 Legacy. Lately it has been hit-or-miss with the passenger doors locking or unlocking when I use the driver side lock to activate them.

Some pass locks will open, some will not, and some will, but very slowly.

Any ideas? thanks - mt

#2 e3mt

e3mt

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 100 posts
  • Tennessee

Posted 26 September 2003 - 10:02 PM

Anyone?

#3 davidv

davidv

    New User

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 17 posts
  • nederland

Posted 11 September 2004 - 03:18 PM

Having similar situation with my newly purchased 91 legacy...you're not alone on the need for fix-it help.

#4 SevenSisters

SevenSisters

    Subaru Nut

  • Members
  • 512 posts
  • Cleve/Akron Ohio

Posted 11 September 2004 - 08:48 PM

Most sporadic problems with electric door locks are due to the wires from the drivers side contol breaking due to flexing every time the door is opened and closed. You need to do some wire tracing.

Good luck.

#5 jcniest5

jcniest5

    Eat, Live, Breath Subaru

  • Members
  • 343 posts
  • The Twin Cities

Posted 11 September 2004 - 10:36 PM

I'm in the same boat with you. Sometimes the door (especially the driver door)will lock itself and if I don't have the key with me, I'm locked out. Sometimes when an open is attempted to open the front passenger door, the handle will trigger the lever to lock itself and unless there is a person inside to hold the lever mechanism, you can't open the door at all. I never bother to do anything about it knowing it's getting old.

#6 djmark7

djmark7

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 235 posts
  • NW New Jersey

Posted 12 September 2004 - 02:51 AM

same problem here, i think it might have something to do with weak or broken springs in the internal lock mechanism in the door i tried getting it off but i couldnt thats the only thing i can think of

#7 canajun2eh

canajun2eh

    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 222 posts
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada

Posted 12 September 2004 - 05:46 AM

Have electric locks on my 94 Legacy. Lately it has been hit-or-miss with the passenger doors locking or unlocking when I use the driver side lock to activate them.

Some pass locks will open, some will not, and some will, but very slowly.

Any ideas? thanks - mt

Sounds like the linkages in all the doors need lubrication, and possibly some adjustment (especially the driver's door).

Remember that the driver's door lock works a switch located where the actuator is found on the other doors. If the linkage is set too short or if the switch is loose, the switch won't operate reliably. If the linkage is too long, the switch might operate accidentally when you close the door, especially if you slam it.

The actuators in the other doors are very low-power electric motors. If the linkages are stiff due to lack of lubrication, the motors won't be able to operate the locks.

#8 rweddy

rweddy

    1000+ Super USER!

  • Members
  • 1,408 posts
  • Castle Rock, CO

Posted 12 September 2004 - 07:49 AM

Have electric locks on my 94 Legacy. Lately it has been hit-or-miss with the passenger doors locking or unlocking when I use the driver side lock to activate them.

Some pass locks will open, some will not, and some will, but very slowly.

Any ideas? thanks - mt

I had the same issue with my 96.
Check out this thread
I was able to fix the issue on my wagon.

#9 kmix99

kmix99

    USMB Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 76 posts
  • williamsport pa

Posted 20 August 2005 - 08:26 PM

I had the same issue with my 96.

Check out this thread
I was able to fix the issue on my wagon.


I know this thread is old but it was very useful in solving my 1992 legacy door lock problem. My locks would work hit and miss---seemed better in the cold weather.

I will only add that my 92 door lock assembly in the driver's side door looks a little different than the 95's and up. The part you want to take apart and clean is the black rectangular piece where the larger of the 2 electrical connectors attaches -- it has a black accordion-like boot with a plunger arm. Once you remove this switch from the assembly, remove its cover which is held in place with 4-5 small screws. Once open, you will see 4 copper sliding contacts that activate when the plunger moves in and out. Mine were very dirty and black. I cleaned everything with rubbing alcohol & an ink-pen eraser. I also bent the the contact arms down a little so there would be a better connection/ more tension. Use di-electric grease as lube and re-assemble. Solved my problem--- I'm so happy they work again!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users