Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 07:18:32 -0500
From: "Kenneth S." <>
Subject: Central locking system on 1996 900SE

Can anyone make any suggestions about a problem I am having with the central locking system on my 1996 900SE? (The car's dark green in color, for those who follow the Car Talk repair principles.) The first symptom has been occurring for some time. Sometimes the passenger side front door will not lock when I turn the key in the driver's side door. Usually, if I turn the key all the way to the horizontal position, the button on the passenger side door will pop down, and the door will then lock. Last night, however, when I got into the car, unlocking the driver's side door had no effect on the locks on the other doors. I was very concerned about this, because this meant that the flap on the fuel filler also did not unlock (although I know there is some way to unlock it from inside the trunk). I got into the car, closed all the doors, and then pushed the driver's side lock button up and down, and that seemed to fix the problem--doubtless only temporarily. Does anyone know how to fix this, or how much it might cost me to have it fixed?

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