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Passenger door not locking on remote
« on: November 19, 2021, 02:25:18 pm »
The front passenger lock on my 5 door has stopped working. Electric mirror and window both work fine.

Does that point to the motor? I’m wondering whether it is so likely that it is worth buying it in advance. Would prefer not to remove and then need to refit until an order comes in.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2021, 04:32:04 pm »
Door lock mechanisms on the Mk5 are a weakness.
Does it lock with the key operating the central locking?

Humble mechanic on YT has a good guide on replacement + a seperate how they fail video:


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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2021, 08:55:29 pm »
I used that vid to help change driver door module. Got an Ebay special for around £25.

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2021, 08:15:59 am »
Thanks for the replies.

It doesn’t lock with either the key or the button inside the car. Being passenger I doubt it is wiring.

Is there a anything to be aware of particularly when ordering? 2006 5 door - were there many different versions?

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2021, 04:50:35 pm »
Just search on Ebay for them you should find what you need.
Have you looked at the wiring going into the door by the hinges?
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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2021, 10:48:37 pm »
Make sure you get the same revision as the one you've already got. Otherwise your locking button on the drivers door switch might not work

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2021, 12:34:49 pm »
Just search on Ebay for them you should find what you need.
Have you looked at the wiring going into the door by the hinges?

Not yet checked the wiring. I’ve actually repaired wiring on a MK6 before but that was the driver door.

I’m going to get the car into the garage over the next few weeks to replace the wings and I will do all of this then.

Thanks both for the replies.

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2021, 12:36:02 pm »
Make sure you get the same revision as the one you've already got. Otherwise your locking button on the drivers door switch might not work

Just bought one from eBay! Let’s see…

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2021, 06:32:54 pm »
So… interesting.

I stripped the door down, fitted the new lock module and tried the lock. Bingo it started working.

I tested, opening and closing the door and it was fine. Result. I tried again later thinking it would be fine and there was a problem, it wouldn’t lock again.

At that point I gave the wiring between the body and the door a squeeze and tried again. It stated working. I unclipped the rubber boot and inspected the wiring, expecting to find a break but saw nothing untoward. So I sprayed electrical contact cleaner into the pins and refitted. Seems to be working again, for now at least.

I found somebody on YouTube who had similar problems in his door and contact cleaner worked for him. Time will tell if that was the problem and if the fix lasts.

For those of you in a similar situation, it may be worth checking the wiring and even using contact cleaner on the pins, before stripping down. Much cheaper and can be done in about five minutes.

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2021, 10:39:03 am »
Glad it's sorted  :happy2:

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Re: Passenger door not locking on remote
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2021, 10:49:49 am »
Thanks - will give the contact cleaner a go -
My drivers door sometimes doesn't unlock - No issues with the wires in the rubber boot, so felt new lock was the way forward.