In terms of the power door locks and security system, everything works correctly EXCEPT ... just recently, a change: When I lock the vehicle using the remote, the light on the driver's side door release immediately starts to blink but the door locks do not drop for 20-25 seconds and the security system also does not engage for the same delayed period. Once the door locks drop, the vehicle is locked and alarmed and the usual chirp and light blink occur. I have three different remotes and they all behave the same so I have ruled out the remotes. When I lock the car using the key, the door locks drop immediately and the security system engages immediately (like you would expect and like it has always behaved when using the remote). I have a diag device to read the onboard computer and there are no failure codes displaying. It's basically usable but the delay is annoying because you are never quite confident it will lock and alarm unless you stand there and wait out the 20-25 second delay. In terms of unlocking the vehicle, the remote works immediately like it always has. Any suggestions for where to look for the problem?
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Re: door lock problem
Even though it's a 2001, it's still an A3, so the locks are operated using a separate vacuum pump, and hard plastic lines. Check inside the drivers door hinge area. Remove that accordion thing over the wires. There's a vacuum coupling centrally located after you twist, and separate the lock on the harness connector, and separate the 2 parts. There is also, a little tiny "o"-ring that seals the vacuum passage. Replace it, and see if the wait is shorter. I highly recommend using a little Vaseline to aid in the insertion , and seal of the new o-ring. Good luck.
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What makes a buzzing sound , the door lock actuators ? Or where do you hear the buzzing coming from if not at the doors ? Power Lock
The power lock/unlock feature requests all of the vehicle doors, including the liftgate, be locked or unlocked upon a customer request from any interior door lock switch in the vehicle. The power door locking system functions independently of ignition status or vehicle speed. When the vehicle security module receives an unlock/lock command from any door lock control switch, the vehicle security module will activate relays internal to the module to supply the correct power and grounds for the door lock actuators.
Visual Inspection Chart
Central junction box (CJB) fuse(s):
Keyless entry keypad
Vehicle security module
If an obvious cause for an observed or reported concern is found, correct the cause (if possible) before proceeding to the next step.
If the diagnostic tool does not power up, refer to the diagnostic tool manual.
Carry out the diagnostic tool data link test. If the diagnostic tool responds with:
SCP, UBP or ISO; all elctrconic control unitw, no response/not equipped, refer to Section 418-00 .
No response, not equipped for vehicle security module, refer to Section 419-10 .
System passed, retrieve and record the continuous diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), erase the continuous DTCs, and carry out the self-test diagnostics for the vehicle security module.
If the DTCs retrieved are related to the concern, go to the Vehicle Security Module Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index to continue diagnostics.
If DTCs are retrieved that are not found in the following Vehicle Security Module Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index, refer to the Master Vehicle Security Module Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) Index in Section 419-10 .
If no DTCs related to the concern are retrieved, proceed to the Symptom Chart to continue diagnostics.
First you will need the keys and the key door lock fob to the replacement doors that you bought..
The doors should have safety system sensors...You may have a Big problem ...You need all the components from the old doors installed in the replacement doors...Wires and everything you see.
..A different saftey system will cause a lot of trouble cause all are different even if it is from same year model vehicle....You have to completely gut out the doors and put everything from old doors in new doors....Locks and all.................Hope this helps...................Metalpoet
Yes, the security system shuts power to the starter and fuel pump. You can try disarming by unlocking and locking the doors the power door locks switch (depends on model). Place the key in the ignition and set to ON, ALL doors closed!! Cycle the locks using the power locks button on the driver's door "lock" then "unlock" if this doesnt work, try same method with the ignition OFF. Otherwise your security system is malf.
To reset the alarm, you have to lock everything back up and then use the key to unlock the tailgate FIRST. After that, you can unlock any of the doors with the key without the security system locking everything off.
(Needless to say, I gained familiarity with this situation from personal experience!)
Bulldog Security makes a Very Unexpensive system that you can Install and fix this Problem. Just go to BulldogSecurity.com and find one for your Ford Or Wal-Mart carries these to. I put Remote Start with Remote Doors, Windows, and Extra's on my 95' Silverado, WORKS GREAT!!!
I had almost the identical problem on my 2005 F150 FX4 Extended cab last weekend. The power door locks would not lock using the keypad, remotes, or door buttons. Almost all other functions worked correctly. The doors unlocked, the radio delay functioned, and the interior lights dimmed. When I used the remote the horn would beep twice indicating that a door was open even there was no message on the message center that a door was open. When I used the keypad or remote, I could hear a soft click from behind the seat. I think it was coming from the body security module or body security module - whatever Ford is calling it this year. I pulled the fuse for the Power Door Locks(BSM). As I removed it, I heard a soft click - sort of like a relay resetting. It may have come from the VSM/BSM. It may have possibly been a stuck actuator releasing. I don't think so. It wasn't that load. In any case, everything is functioning correctly now.