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98 Jetta GL- alarm goes off when I unlock the door

When I unlock the door, it only unlocks the driver's side but other locks do not unlock.  Alarm light is still so when I open the door, the alarm goes off.  I can't shut the alarm off like I usually do, which is by turning the key up twice on the driver's side.  Put in a new battery and its still doing the same thing.  Any suggestions?

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U have a leak in your vacume lock system somewhere

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Mechanism in door needs repairing ,microswitches or a connection is playing up

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First to turn off the alarm you simply put the key into the drivers door and turn it to unlock the door twice, this is the factory setting to turn off activated Volkswagen alarm. As for the power locks they are air activated, in the trunk near the latch there should be a small electric motor that drives a small air pump with air lines running to all your locks. If this electric motor as worn out your locks will not operate, simple fix replace the motor. I'd try a used one first from a scrap yard to make sure but always check to see if there is power to the motor (you will need another person with a test light to perform this job). Let me know if this works. Vdubs 4-ever !

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