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1997 camry - remote central locking died suddenly

Yesterday i vacuumed and wet wiped the interior of our 1997 camry. when i finished and went to lock it with the remote, nothing happened - it wouldn't lock - dead silence. so i went inside and got the other remote and same. both the remotes had been working perfectly without any problems pior to this. the open door alert doesn't work now either but everything else seems to work fine. there are no blown fuses (says husband).
could i have bumped something when vacuuming/wiping?? if so what and how do i fix it?

not sure if any connection to above, but the interior light has not worked for some time now and the bulb is not blown so maybe is switch??


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  • Jenny Nov 20, 2008

    Hi Toyota Ed,
    There is no black box under driver front seat or the passenger front seat (we are right hand drive in Aust). Also i have noticed that the "Door Open" alert llight does not come on when a door is open. This camry is late 1997 version, V6 auto, Model: MCV20 if that is of any help.??

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. My central locking just died. One day it worked now it doesn't. My car is a camry 1998 CSI 4 cylinder. First the boot sensor stopped working, then the rear passenger door would sometimes lock with central locking and sometimes not, and now the whole central locking system has died. Any ideas from anyone.

  • Jenny Jan 05, 2009

    we have fixed our remote central locking problem. when i was cleaning the car, i removed the interior bulb to check it as the interior light had not worked for some time. it didn't look blown so i replaced it, but ?? not properly says husband. anyway when he got new bulb and put in, the remote central locking worked as normal. seems there is a connection through the interior light bulb that makes it all work!!!!! how bout that!!!!!!!

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Look under the driver front seat for a small black box. Look to see is any wires are disconnected, and get back to me.


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Hi Toyota Ed,
I can't see any black box under driver front seat. Will get husband to check when he gets home. This camry is late 1997, V6 auto, Model: MCV20 if that is of any help.??

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