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Old 04-25-2002, 05:52 PM
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Power locks

The power locks on my 85 380SE have quit working all of a sudden. I never had trouble before. Could it be a fuse, or does it a vacuum problem? Anything else I should look for? As I say, it has never given me a problem before and just stopped working - they all opened and then they wouldn't lock.
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Old 04-25-2002, 06:11 PM
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The locks are operated by a vacuum/pressure pump in the spare tire well. Have someone operate the locks while you listen for a whir from the pump and go from there.

Does it not work using the key? Does it not work using the driver's lock button? Does it not work using either?

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Old 04-25-2002, 06:42 PM
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Doesn't work at all. I think it might be a fuse because my car seems to go through a lot of fuses on the power accessories. The a/c panel fuse crapped out a few times as well. I'll check the motor when it stops raining here in NYC.
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:00 PM
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If the pump doesn't make any sound as the doors are locked or unlocked then it's probably an electrical problem as you suspect. There are 6 wires at the supply pump:

- black from the orthopedic seats (if equipped, what for?)
- red with black power from fuse (13?)
- blue from driver's lock
- green from passenger's lock
- yellow from trunk lock
- brown to ground

I doubt that you have to be concerned with the black wire since you probably don't have orthopedic seats... or a black wire.

The red wire with black stripe should see a constant 12V.

The brown wire should have continuity with the chassis/frame.

All of the lock wires should see 12V when the door is unlocked and continuity to ground when the door is locked. Any one will act as a trigger.

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