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Central locking not working. have looked at fuse-seems ok. have changed vacuem pump-still inactive. any ideas please is there a relay?

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There are 2 types of central locking, electric or vacuum, normally germans may use the vacuum on some designs, the other german designs and most of the rest of automotive engineering use electric.  If it used to make a distinct clunk when it was working, it is electric,  the vacuum systems are neat in that the locking occurs with almost no sound.
Get a haynes manual for your car, about $20 from local parst store, amazon, or  It will detail the components in the system, help diagnosis the problem, and show you how to fix it !
There is a vacuum reservoir in many german cars of this genre,  it usually looks like a black plastic case you that you could carry cue balls in (triagular arangement of spheres).   It is indeed a bizarre design if it has a vacuum pump !! most of the time these systems use manifold vacuum from the engine ... and then store this in the triangular sphere vacuum reservoir.   

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