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Old 11-09-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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Default power lock problem

my 06 sprinter did not come with a manual and the power locks lock after every time i move and shut off the van a real pain after i walk to the rear doors to find them locked time after time. then when i push the unlock button on the dash the doors unlock then relock the instant i let go of the button, then the second time i unlock they will stay unlocked untill i start the van again and i start from scratch. im sure i must be able to change that or i will have to disconnect the power locks.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: power lock problem

Did you clean the connections on the door contact pins. Those can cause strange problems.
I had a similar problem with the sliding door on our '06. It turned out to be a bad switch in the door actuator. Replacing the actuator fixed it.
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You can download the Owner's Manual for free from:
http://www.dodge.com/owners/index.html

It describes how to turn OFF the automatic locking...

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Old 11-09-2011, 05:29 AM   #4
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What's the best way to clean the contacts? My rear locks itself when I try to pull it open. I have to open it from inside.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:53 AM   #5
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What's the best way to clean the contacts? My rear locks itself when I try to pull it open. I have to open it from inside.
Use some fine sandpaper or a Scotchbrite pad (the rough side of a scrubber sponge).
Anything that makes the brass shiny is good, but stay away from chemical cleaners.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:26 PM   #6
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but stay away from chemical cleaners.
Really fine sandpaper, but I'd avoid it. Good comment about the chemical cleaners. I've found a pencil eraser is often enough to clean them. Cheap and readily available. If the contact buttons show a particularly bad spot sometimes you can shift them a bit in the rubber mount so they hit/make contact in a different spot. vic
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
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The following directions are from the 2003 Sprinter Owners Manual:

To switch off central locking:

Turn the ignition key to position 2.

Press the central locking switch at the bottom and hold it for about 5 seconds. The right indicator light will flash twice. Automatic locking when the engine is started is switched off.

If you want to re-activate the central locking, repeat the above procedure. The right indicator light will flash four times. Automatic locking is reactivated.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:52 PM   #8
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Also, remove the inner handle (two phillips screws, one is behind a plug) You see a spring loaded lever. Lubricate this area and your problem may be cured.
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