Sluggish electric door locks 96 OBW

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ed P, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Ed P

    Ed P Guest

    The electric door locks on my '96 Legacy OBW have become sluggish.
    Whether operated by remote control or the driver's door master lock
    switch, some of the doors don't lock or unlock reliably. Repeated
    activation often causes every door lock to eventually work. Has anyone
    had experience with this problem? Is this likely a lock mechanism
    lubrication issue or failing actuators? The car now has about 75k miles.

    Ed P
    Ed P, Oct 10, 2003
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    mac Guest

    My 91 is a horror. My wife refuses to ride in it because she's been trapped
    by the locks engaging when she tries to open the door. I had one lock
    changed on the driver front, but at a cost of $400.

    Subaru need to get their tails sued off for faulty door locks. and i'm
    surprised it hasn't happened yet.

    it seems they hve a couple springs in the actuator and one spring weakens
    and lets the "lock" spring override it.

    This is the only thing that really irks me about my Subie.
    mac, Oct 10, 2003
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    MIKE Guest

    I've had both problems mentioned above and they are both different. The
    orininal post was abour electic locks not functioning properly, this happent
    to me soon after I got my alarm installed which had remote central locking.
    To fix this I simply removed the inside door pannels and sprayed some CRC on
    the offending locking mechanisms and then used the drivers lock a few times
    untill they all worked properly.

    The problem Mac rased occures when a little plastic tab that holdes the
    tension on the door lock torsion spring breaks. The door lock mechanism
    feels soft. The lock is designed ( for safety reasons I assume) to lock if
    the lock is not fully unlocked when the door lever is pulled.(this stops
    "children" falling out of cars when they are playing with the lock) The
    problem is when this tab breakes the lock never fully unlocks and hence
    every time you go to open the door it locks on you. (how may time can you
    put the word 'lock' in one paragraph? :).

    anyway to fix it all you have to do is make a replacement tab for the
    spring. Or use a bit of string and tie it around the hook at the end of the
    torsion spring and tie the other end of the string to something in the door.
    I did this about 2 years ago when I was in a rush to get a Warrent of
    Fitness for the car and the string is still going strong today and it didn't
    cost anywhere near $400

    MIKE, Oct 10, 2003
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    Paul Guest

    Thanks Mike, I have the exact same problem as Mac. I had a look at the
    mechanism and came to the same conclusion as you. I did not get around to
    Macgyvering a fix though.

    I'll try it out today.

    Paul, Oct 11, 2003
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    mac Guest

    I'll have to look into what you suggest. Thanks!

    mac, Oct 12, 2003
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