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Driver side door lock

The driver side door lock only works when the interior light switch is turned off. The radio also shuts off before it normally would when the interior light switch is on, but works normally when the interior light switch is off

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  • 69keys Feb 06, 2009

    My problem is similar, my interior lights stay on, it used to be that i could go around and reshut all the doors and it would go off.But now I have to take the fuse out.Then I found out that drivers side door locks don't work until I take the fuse out.

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The switch is finding its ground thru the interior light switch. Your problem is most likely a broken wire in side the rubber boot that goes from the door to the body near the door hindges.

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