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I recently purchased a 1999 subaru impreza outback. One of the major annoyances I'm having is the power locks will only lock, when i press to unlock there's no movement from the actuators or any other type of sound. I don't know where to begin to trouble shoot this problem. I've tried 2 other switch assemblies for driver and passenger side with no luck. Any help is much appreciated. also idk if the car originally came with factory keyless entry

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  • dittlelave Apr 09, 2011

    would one bad actuator cause the rest to fail?

  • dittlelave Apr 10, 2011

    i removed the drivers side door panel checked the wires there and at the door hinge point didn't see any exposed or pinched wires then checked the wires in the kick panel no issue found there either

  • dittlelave Apr 10, 2011

    i have a test light, with positive gator clip- negative gator clip-then the needle that leads to a green and red light not sure how to use it but ill figure it out. i checked the door lock fuse under the hood and under the dash i didn't check because the label for it didn't show anything for the door locks but i will check that as soon as i can

  • dittlelave Apr 14, 2011

    is there a relay switch for the power locks located in driverside kick panel near the obd2 plug? i was looking down ther today and found a pink plug attached to it was a 3 pronged metal cylinder its about 2 1/2 inch looks rusty id replace it but idk what it is


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The actuators move the locking assembly forward and backward to lock and unlock the doors.If the actuators are stuck or only moving in one direction, then door will not get unlock but get locked or vice- versa.The actors needs to be checked.Take a screwdriver and remove all of the screws that secure the panel to the door and pry the panel off of the door. Once removed locate and examine the wires that go to the actuators. If they are damaged or broken that is your problem and you may just need to replace the damaged wire. Also look for broken or disconnected rods.If the wires checked out, ok, then manually try to lock/ unlock the doors.If it gets working that way by key, then its faulty actuator causing the problem.--------
Check out.This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

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  • raj somaiya Apr 09, 2011

    No, if only one actuator is faulty, that then particular door will not function.All door actuator getting faulty is bit rare.So one faulty door actuator will not cause all doors to fail.Still check the actuators.But if all doors getting properly lock and not getting unlock.Then it can be issue with power door lock switch wiring.The main switch wiring in driver side door panel.Either the wirings are getting short, so only one side is working for locking but other side not working for unlocking.So check the switch wiring or its possible that switch is fgot short.Checkj the voltage to the switch wirings in door panel.Its a 12 volt check the voltages.This should help.Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya Apr 10, 2011

    Check the voltage for switch.The power window switch.Also check the fuses in fusebox.there are two fuse box.Check in both.The fuse panel under instrument panel and fuse box in engine compartment, under the hood.Check each and every fuse.Just inspect each fuse manually, by removing it and if its fine, reinsert it.-------
    This should pin point.Keep updated.Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya Apr 10, 2011

    Yes keep updated, with the details.Thanks.Helpmech.

  • raj somaiya Apr 14, 2011

    Yes its like a relay module switch.If its burned, try replacing's right above the driver side kick panel fuse box.door lock control relay, driver's side power window switch, power main .... 1) Remove power window main relay, located behind instrument panel, in junction block No. 1 at left side kick panel. 2) Using an ohmmeter, check continuity.See if replacing that part helps.
    Check out.Keep updated with details.Thanks.Helpmech.


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