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I have The keypad on my drivers side door on my 1994 taurus. The problem i am having is, when i punch in the code it unlocks all 3 doors but the dirivers side and i hear a loud "vrrrrrrrrrrr" sound , almost sounds like a little motor moving, also, when im sitting inside the car and i press the lock or unlock button same situation happens, any idea on what the problem is and how i could fix it?
 

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It sounds like the solenoid that moves the lock/unlock mechanism on that door is sticking. Can you move the lock freely with the key and the manual lock button? It's possible that cycling it that way a few time may free it up, but long term it may take removing the door panel so you can watch the solenoid and mechanism in action and diagnose the culprit.
 

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I agree...it sounds as though something is either in the way of the the solenoid and is blocking or rubbing it, or the solenoid is not getting sufficient power to be able to pop the unlock mechanism with sufficient force.
 

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Hey thanks for the fast reply, yes i can move the lock up and down manually with my hand. When my g/f gets home with the car, i will try to move it up and down a bunch of times and see what happens. I am thinking i am going to have to remove th door panel though, only because i know my luck . lol How do i properly remove the door panel? I removed the door panel on my firebird and i must have done it in correctly by just pulling it so the plugs came out the holes, and then the plugs never properly went back in or stayed in all the time, and you could see that it wasnt put back on right and could hear it rattle when the t-tops were off, unti li had to have it fixed. Any help on removing the door panel the right way would be appreciated.

thank you!
 
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My grandpa had this problem on his Grand Marquis (it is 11 years old, that was the first thing EVER to break on it
) and he just went to a junkyard and got a new solenoid/motor or whatever it is and replaced it. I think he said they charged him like $30 for everything. It was like a couple hundred dollar job at the stealership.

About those plastic tabs you are talking about - a lot of people have to replace those after installing speakers and whatnot - I would just go to the dealership and get some replacements ahead of time. They aren't too expensive. Somebody once said a whole pack of them was like $10 or something.

*edit* - almost forgot - somebody who has a service CD or manual should be able to give you the steps for removing the panel correctly so you don't break anything.


Hope this helps.
 

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Hey thanks alot for all of the help.

What ill do first is, ill try to work the lock knob by hand and if that doesnt work ill take off the door panel and see what i can do from there and if thaqat doesnt work ill go to the junk yard and get the parts, thanks for all the information everyone. Thanks for the info jason big help!
 

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To get info on how to take the thing apart, just go out and pick up a Chiltons or Haynes manual. They're about 10 or 12 bucks, and you'll use it so much that it's totally worth the money...

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Yes, it sounds like something in the solenoid or the wiring. If the solenoid were not getting enough power, it would "chatter" something like the sound your starter solenoid makes when the battery is almost dead. The solenoid tries to actuate, but it draws too much power to sustain and complete it's job and "quits".

But now there is enough acutate it, so it tries, the power drops, and it quits. But now there is... And so on and so on.

Checking connectors might be enough to get it running again, before you go out and replace it.

I'm trying to use the key more and more, instead of the remote entry or keypad just to prolong the life of the electrics.

I stared having trouble with my '79 Z/28, but it was 21yrs old at the time.
 
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