That pleasant sound of your car doors locking doesn’t always happen, which can be a major cause for panic. Sometimes, you can click the proper buttons, but the locks aren’t snapping into place. This can be a cause for a lot of alarm and worry, especially if you’re leaving your car in one place for a long amount of time such as at a hotel for a weekend vacation or at work. When your car doors aren’t locking, you can become anxious and hesitant to leave your car anywhere at all. After all, anyone can make their way in and take items in your car or even strip it for valuables.
Our 24 hour locksmith services don’t just include unlocking your car to retrieve lost keys, we can also help you figure out why your car door isn’t locking properly. Our automotive services are quick, effective, and we’ll always make you our top priority. Contact us today to learn more about our 24 hour locksmith.
Three Reasons Why Your Car Doors Aren’t Locking
While technology is the way of the future, it can also be the cause of some major headaches, especially when you know something should work properly and is not. After all, there’s nothing worse than coming back to your car to find it not in the same condition from when you left it.
In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some reasons why your door isn’t locking and how you can fix the issue. As we touched on above, this can be a cause for worry and alarm, which is something we want to avoid at Pro-Lock And Safe. While our automotive locksmith skills are more limited in comparison to our commercial and residential ones, we can help you figure out what is causing the problem with your locks. These three reasons will provide some insight into what’s going on.
The Key Fob Is Dead or Faulty
The key fob refers to the small plastic controller that is used to lock and unlock doors. The word fob actually originated in the late 1880s. The term refers to the ornament that’s attached to the pocket-watch chain, which is not as popular now as it was in the 1880s. Now, due to the decline of pocket-watches and the increase of electronic key openers, these key fobs can be used to open anything from cars to hotel doors. Even though in the 1880s there weren’t electronic key fobs, the function is the same; however, when this item is dead or faulty, it can become a much bigger nuisance than if one was not working in the 1880s.
When a key fob is faulty or the battery is dead, you’ll need to replace the battery or talk to the dealership where you purchased the car. In the case of a key fob having a dead battery, you’ll solve the issue easily enough, especially because it’s such a common reason for the doors to not lock.
With a fault key fob, you’ll need to visit the dealership and have them fix it via a computer. They’ll work with the computer programing to see if a signal is being sent to the fob and if not, then you’ll get a new one. To test the key fob, you’ll want to try locking your doors without the fob from the inside of the car. Additionally, you can try with the extra key fob you may have gotten when you bought the car. It’s a common and easy fix, if not a little time consuming.
There’s A Blown Fuse
Another, less common reason your key may not be locking is because of a blown fuse. Now it might sound a little disconcerting, but it’s an easy fix and affordable if you go to the right place. A blown fuse will cause the door to not lock and this can be tested easily enough. If you’re pressing the inside lock button on the door and nothing is happening, then you’re probably looking at a blown fuse.
A Wire Is Broken
The third reason your doors may not be locking is because of a broken wire. This fix can be a bit more of a time consuming repair because it’s the wiring in the car. If the car lock is not getting the power it needs to lock, then you’ll want to experiment with the locks to figure out if that’s really the reason why your lock is being finicky. You’ll want to hold the lock switch down and then try to open and close the door several times to see if the lock can work properly. If the lock is being inconsistent, then you’ll need your wiring to be repaired since it’s probably broken.
Stay tuned for our next blog to find out more about our 24 hour locksmith services for your home, business, or your vehicle.