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Automatic door locking; unlocks but won't lock???

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by Bill '02, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Jan 12, 2020 at 6:39 AM
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    Bill '02

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    Any ideas why my automatic door locking system will unlock all doors but doesn't work when trying to lock them?
     
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    What's an "automatic door locking system"?
     
  3. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:41 AM
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    Are you referring to the key fob? Or the lock switch on the door?

    Or, if I recall, the older models would lock or unlock all doors by double twisting the key in the door. Is that the feature you're referring to?
     
  4. Jan 13, 2020 at 3:50 PM
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    Hello and thanks for response. I can unlock all doors from key fob and from the main switch / button inside on the drivers door and can also unlock all door locks by double twisting the key as you mention. But none of the above which use to also lock all door locks work any longer. I can unlock all but can no longer lock all. I'm stumped !
     
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  5. Jan 13, 2020 at 4:13 PM
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    I wonder if it could be a relay. Or, maybe the locks are controlled by some sort of module that has failed.

    Have you checked all of the fuses?

    Does the power lock on the driver's door still work?
     
  6. Jan 13, 2020 at 4:24 PM
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    Here's a conversation about a similar issue on another forum:

    https://www.toyotanation.com/threads/4runner-door-locks-dont-work-anymore.40592/

    It seems like the fuse panel under the dash could be the issue. One guy was able to mitigate the issue by pushing in on the fuse panel while hitting the lock switch. Maybe try that and see if you can get the same result. The actual issue could just be a bad connection within the fuse panel.

    Hope this helps.

    Let us know if you figure anything out.
     
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  7. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:45 PM
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    Ok, thanks for the additional information.
    I'll give that a try tomorrow and let you know the results.
    It would be great if it turns out to be that simple.
     
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  8. Apr 4, 2020 at 5:26 AM
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    Bill '02

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    Hey "That Bass Guy" , thanks again for your research and responses. That other thread from Toyota Nation was very interesting and very long and highlights that this seems to be a fairly common problem with a number of varying remedies that are not successful in every instance.I live in a condo and don't have anywhere to work on my Runner other than our parking lot, which is its own problem. I've been away and haven't had the time yet to really spend a lot of time trying the various suggestions in that other thread and I haven't taken the plunge and replaced that relay / fuse box thing mentioned. I have to reread that other thread again and see if I can figure this out.
    Will update and thanks again for your input.
     

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