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Power lock seems to be working but I think it may be a rod that isn't connected that pushes lock up. Any ideas?

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Visual Inspection Chart Mechanical Electrical
  • Binding latches
  • Door lock cylinder
  • Misaligned door
  • Lock actuator
  • Fuse
  • Relays
  • Switch
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  • Loose or corroded connections
Symptom Chart Condition Possible Sources Action
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PINPOINT TEST A: THE DOOR LOCK IS INOPERATIVE CONDITIONS DETAILS/RESULTS/ACTIONS A1 CHECK THE OPERATION OF THE SUSPECT DOOR LOCK sxn~us~en~file=box1.gif~gen~ref.gifCheck for binding or stuck conditions by manually operating the inoperative door lock.
  • Is the lock stuck or binding?
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifYes REPAIR or REPLACE the binding components. TEST the system for normal operation.
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifNo GO to A2 . A2 CHECK THE POWER DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR FOR LOCK OPERATION — CIRCUIT 117 (PK/BK) sxn~us~en~file=box1.gif~gen~ref.gif
sxn~us~en~file=ic0004.gif~gen~ref.gif Inoperative Power Door Lock Actuator
sxn~us~en~file=gn0085a.gif~gen~ref.gif sxn~us~en~file=box2.gif~gen~ref.gifMeasure the voltage at the inoperative power door lock actuator connector Pin 1, Circuit 117 (PK/BK), and ground while operating the door lock switch to the LOCK position.
  • Is the voltage greater than 10 volts?
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifYes GO to A3 .
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifNo REPAIR Circuit 117 (PK/BK). TEST the system for normal operation. A3 CHECK THE POWER DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR FOR UNLOCK OPERATION — CIRCUIT 118 (PK/O)/163 (R/O) sxn~us~en~file=box1.gif~gen~ref.gif
sxn~us~en~file=gn0086a.gif~gen~ref.gif sxn~us~en~file=box1.gif~gen~ref.gifMeasure the voltage at the inoperative power door lock actuator connector Pin 2, Circuit 118 (PK/O) or 163 R/O, and ground while operating the door lock switch to the UNLOCK position.
  • Is the voltage greater than 10 volts?
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifYes INSTALL a new power door lock actuator. TEST the system for normal operation.
sxn~us~en~file=arrow.gif~gen~ref.gifNo REPAIR Circuit 118 (PK/O) and/or 163 (R/O). TEST the system for normal operation.

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