Car locks behave and are constructed differently than door locks, and issues with automotive locks require different skill set and talent to remedy. In this blog post, the automotive locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some of the top automotive lock issues that we see out in the field, and some of the common solutions that we utilize to fix them.Troubleshooting Transponder Car Key Locks
- The battery in your key fob might be fully drained or dead. This is probably the most common reason that your car door lock doesn’t work. Try replacing the battery in your key fob and see if the problem becomes fixed.
- The key fob device itself might be the main problem. Contact a trusted automotive locksmith and have them connect the key fob to a computer to verify that it’s programming is still proper. Fixing the programming might fix the issue, but if it doesn’t, the key fob itself might need to be replaced.
- If a single door won’t lock or unlock, but others do, the problem is probably due to a blown fuse in the car. Try replacing the car’s fuse.
- If a single door doesn’t work, but others do, and there’s no blown fuses, the solenoid in the car door lock might be broken. Sometimes replacing it might mean that you need to take off the car door panel itself.
- If the lock won’t charge or hold power, hold the lock switch itself down or up and open the door over and over to see if the lock will work. If it only works partially, it’s probably due to a broken wire. This is an issue that a licensed automotive lock expert like those here at Chicago Locksmiths can fix.