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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-03-2011, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Auto door lock problems!

Hi All, I'm a noob here and I need help with our '98 Forster. Lately the electric auto lock feature has gone nutty. After starting the car the locks try but fail to lock making intermittent clicking sounds along the way. Additional symptoms: sometimes just slowing down or using the electric windows will start a new round of lock clicking. Also, sometimes after the engine is shut off the auto-locks keep clicking and the manual lock/unlock button does not really work anymore either.

Thanks for whatever advise you can offer!
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Did you happen to get your keyfob wet? If you happen to have a secondary fob/key set
Isolate the current one - put it far from the car where a misfire in the fob cannot activate a misfire at your auto lock.

I had this happen with a aftermarket remote start - kinda disconcerting to hear your Honda fire up at 3am, shut off fire up shut off.
Did i mention the flowmaster exhuast and other parts that made this activity VERY LOUD (and some pissed off neighbors)

Good luck.
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Did you happen to get your keyfob wet? If you happen to have a secondary fob/key set
Isolate the current one - put it far from the car where a misfire in the fob cannot activate a misfire at your auto lock.

I had this happen with a aftermarket remote start - kinda disconcerting to hear your Honda fire up at 3am, shut off fire up shut off.
Did i mention the flowmaster exhuast and other parts that made this activity VERY LOUD (and some pissed off neighbors)

Good luck.
Thanks for the reply. To answer you: this happens even with a secondary set of keys with no 'fob' or clicker. Something electrical in the lock/window panel i suspect.
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Damn.
Wish it was an easy fix.
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maybe the wet weather?

My 01 Forester had this problem several times. The door always keeps locked no mater the engine is on or off. I could only unlock the door by holding the unlock button. And there is a click sound from the door side like it's locking the door again and again. Each time I found it's after a heavy rain or snow melt. And after sometime of drive, it's ok again. I do not know why. Anybody has any solution or idea? I do not want to turn the engine on, close the door, clear the snow and ... lock outside in the cold winter or a rainy day.
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we just picked up a 1998 foz yesterday that is doing something similar.

there is no key fob, just 2 standard keys, but if does some weird stuff.

weither at idle or driving it will randomly start (always in the same order) to lock, then unlock, then lock the doors. at the same time the door ajar light will come on(the light then slowly fades to off as if you just locked the car and walked away.


it will sometimes do this for a minute or two straight, and other times it wont do it for half an hour.

im so confused
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Hi All, I'm a noob here and I need help with our '98 Forster. Lately the electric auto lock feature has gone nutty. After starting the car the locks try but fail to lock making intermittent clicking sounds along the way. Additional symptoms: sometimes just slowing down or using the electric windows will start a new round of lock clicking. Also, sometimes after the engine is shut off the auto-locks keep clicking and the manual lock/unlock button does not really work anymore either.

Thanks for whatever advise you can offer!
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i just got a 2000 with the same fantom locking problems. it turns out subaru didnt offer a stock security system until 2004. so, when i told my mechanic he disconnected my security system and PROBLEM solved!!! i dont have a security system now but that is a small price to pay for a car that wont lock me out anymore.he didnt charge me since he unpluged the pigtail under the dash and plugged it back into the stock one. hope this helps

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Hey does anyone have an answer for this? My friend's 2002 fozy is having the same problem... we disconnected all the door unlock/lock switches and tried with just the fob and it still did it so we pulled the battery out of the fob and plugged a switch back in and tried it again and the locks still go crazy.
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Anyone think a grounding kit would help?

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Mine has done the same thing. The problem is water gets into the rubber tube that the electrical wires are in that runs from the door to the body of the car. It gets in through cracks/splits that happen when the rubber gets old and worn. Anyway, the water travels down the tube and into the car when it crosses the connectors in the terminal. I haven't addressed the issue yet, but either replacing or sealing the tubes somehow would solve this.

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I forgot to add that I discovered the cause at this thread: 2002 Forester, random locking doors, lowbeams not working

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Sweet, I was going to ask if a good grounding kit might help, but I guess not?

Are you referring to the front doors or all? I actually thought the rubber you are referring to on my doors is in pretty good shape, still malleable and soft.

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Front. Probably specifically the driver's door since that is going to be opened and closed the most (most flexed of all of them and therefore the first to wear out). I believe they are flexed when the door is closed; I'm guessing you inspected them with the door open so any cracks might not be visible in that case.

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I checked mine out today and guess what...they're toast. So what is the plan of remedy?

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