Rear door lock dis­cov­ery

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

▶ The owner had booked in this 2005 Vaux­hall Zafira be­cause the off­side rear door lock would not op­er­ate. With no man­ual over­ride, this meant that she couldn’t lock the ve­hi­cle. How­ever, some­thing else she men­tioned cast a seed of doubt about her di­ag­no­sis of a bro­ken lock.

She men­tioned that the door speaker was also not work­ing, and could we look at it while the trim panel was off. This ex­tra bit of in­for­ma­tion prompted us to first check the wiring loom be­tween the ve­hi­cle and the door. This turned out to be a good move, be­cause we found that not only had the wiring bro­ken and been re­paired in the past, it had bro­ken again. The state of the wiring was ter­ri­ble and the plas­tic in­su­la­tion had cracked right back up to the plug in the edge of the door.

Vaux­hall sell a re­pair kit for this, which in­cludes a new plug, sheath and a bunch of wires with con­nec­tors. The kit is a bit pricey at £90, but this was the only real op­tion. Once the new plug was wired up and plugged in, the door lock and speaker both worked per­fectly.

The wiring was in ter­ri­ble con­di­tion, with lit­tle left on which to sol­der a re­pair.

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