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The power lock (driver's side sliding door) on our 2003 Chrysler Town & Country Van will not work. We have to manually lock and unlock the door. How can this be fixed?

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  • bjm19feb Mar 07, 2009

    I have the exact same problem

  • gmgirten Mar 09, 2009

    Clarification - The doors are not automatic open. This one lock doesn't respond with any sound at all.

  • gmgirten Mar 09, 2009

    I went out to look for the contacts but they are not there. I've seen those before on other vans, but they were newer than the 2003 we have. I also was mistaken on the click sound. It appears that it is still trying to lock/unlock but is not engaging.

  • mike ryner
    mike ryner May 11, 2010

    Does your van have electric sliding doors that open automaticly by pushing a button?

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Can you hear it clicking/clunking, like it's trying to work?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    sliding side door lock will not work electronically, have to lock/unlock manually.

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Take a look at end of door where latch is & post where the 2 meet when closed. Look for round metal button/contacts, about 1/2" in diameter. If you look close, they should line up to make contact with each other when door is closed. Take some fine steel wool (preferred) or fine sandpaper and scuff them up until you see metal is clean on both surfaces. Now try it, and let me know what happens.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Mar 09, 2009

    O.k. so that tells us there's power getting to it, which means it is probably seized somewhere in the linkages that attach to the latch, preventing it from tripping the locks. Take a can of WD-40 or similar & start spraying with little red nozzle, inside the latch and all around it, on as many angles as you can to get those linkages unsiezed. Stick red nozzle of spray can in key hole also, as far as you can and spray as you pull it out slowly. I've had to resort to removing the door panel and getting right at them from time to time, but have had luck with this if patient. Let it sit and penetrate for a few minutes then start locking & unlocking it, manually from inside if necessary to try and get things moving, and occasionally trying the power lock. It may take 2 or 3 soakings, but witha little luck, it will finally loosen up enough to start moving again. Once it starts, give it a couple of days to be sure, then spray same way, but use "white lithium grease" this time, to keep the linkages lubed up to help prevent it from seizing again. If worst comes to worst, you'll have to pull panel off & get them moving and loosened up by hand, with same method only directly spraying on the moving parts.



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