2004 Pontiac Vibe remote lock on driver door malfunctioning
The remote lock on the driver door of my 2004 Pontiac Vibe is malfunctioning. The door can be locked with the key. The other dorrs are working OK with the remote. I contacted a couple of Pontiac dealerships and was told that I would need to change the mechanism, which is a combination actuator and lock, which costs $414.00, not including labour. This is exorbitant, in my opinion. I have not opened the door panel to check for a loose or corroded electrical connection (which I suspect can be a factor). Any advice would be helpful.
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Notorious done if before, remove the door panel. BE CAREFUL WITH BEAUTY CAPS, CAN BE EASILY BROKEN (PLASTIC) when you remove the door panel go ahead and closed the driver door and activate the door lock button. you will see the bracket is either loose or it off. it looks the a coat hanger when you stretch it out. Reconnect it and lithium grease, test it and its a wrap.
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Programming When Remote control added or replaced. System malfunction. How Obtain all remote controls. Remove key from ignition switch. Close all doors. Open driver's door. Carry out the following within 24 seconds: Turn ignition switch ON and back to LOCK position 3 times. Remove key. Press and release driver's door courtesy light switch 3 times. Ensure doors lock and unlock. If not, wait 40 seconds and repeat procedure starting with driver's door already open. Press each remote control lock or unlock button twice. Ensure doors lock and unlock after each remote control operation. If not, proceed as follows: Press and release driver's door courtesy light switch once. Ensure doors lock and unlock twice. Repeat procedure starting with driver's door already open. NOTE: A maximum of 3 remote controls can be programmed.
Sounds like someone replaced the ignition. The vibe uses one key for all locks and if you replace just one the key wont work. you might see if the dealer can get a factory replacement from the factory key code. you will need to get a new key with the factory code as well but this should solve the problem.
Look under the Hood and Locate the Fuse Relay Box. Should be on the Drivers side torwards the Firewall. There is a Relay in it for the Door Locks. Replace this Relay and see if they will not work. Also check the Fuses in BOTH Boxes inside and under Hood with a Flashlight and Make for Sure that no Fuses are Blown. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!