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The door locks quit working on my 1987 licoln continental. the unlock switch works but not the locks. it used to lock when put in drive but they no longer work. any ideas ?

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If the doors will not lock with either door switches then your likely concern here will be the drivers door switch

to test and confirm...
remove the drivers door switch and disconnect
using the harness jump the following...
black/white to the pink/light green
pink/yellow to the black wire
if the doors lock then replace the drivers switch


Posted on May 14, 2010

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  • franktorres1 May 14, 2010

    would the switch keep it from locking even when it should lock by putting it in drive ?

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf May 14, 2010

    yes.... the drivers switch is the ground and power switch to the circuit



  • franktorres1 May 14, 2010

    ok thanks for your help

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