Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem Report
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Doors won't lock using clicker
I had the same problem with my 09 Jetta this morning. When I used the remort to lock the doors, it did not beep the horn. When I opened the driver's side rear door, the car alarm went off. I tried opening and closing the door several times to see if it was not shutting fully, but the problem persisted. I then cleaned off the metal door catch and tried it again, this time all doors locked and the horn beeped. I don't know if this was the problem, or if it was just a coincidence. Maybe there is a sensor in the latch that wasn't working because if dirt. - slday
Rear drivers door wont lock with remote. Started today and after searching it found it to be common problem. called dealer and part is $185. - Visitor
Rear door drivers-side. When using Keyless entry doors won't lock. The door above is culprit. All others lock. A short alarm sounds when all doors are locked. Presently no alarm sounds. Any suggestions for a fix. By the way I did use my second clicker which is brand new. Therefore battery is new. - Burt67
had the same problem, pull the rubber plug above the door latching mechanism, lubricate the plunger and free it up using a srewdriver or small round rod, by moving the plunger back and forth. I did this for all the doors and have had no more problems - Visitor
One year ago from this writing, I advised the VW Dealer "Quirk" in Manchester NH of this. They made it seem as if it never happened before to anyone, and that they had never seen nor heard of the problem. But they said they would look into the problem and get back to me. Every time I went in for an oil change, it was the same thing over and over. Always seemed to be news to them and they would look into it. Now, realized that in a 2010 Jetta, electronic locking is the ONLY method of locking. Thus, my driver's-side rear door was always vulnerable. I also had and have two young children, so the issue of locking is rather vital. When I ordered them to fix the thing regardless, I was quoted "over $500 in parts alone." So what would be a clear Consumer Fraud and Safety issue in any Federal District Court, as well as a Products Liability civil matter would first require that I be damaged, and that would mean some injury or serious jeopardy to my kids. Not gonna happen, and the VW attorney's know that. Its VERY slimy of VW. Its old-school slime from the 1970s, and its going to cost THIS VW dealer many bad reviews and warnings to avoid. The drivers door is now doing the same thing, and I've had it. A sign goes on my car tomorrow to avoid Quirk Motors. - RobBrown
Driver side rear passenger door will not lock at all. - Visitor
Driver's side door lock inside the car suddenly stopped working. If you press the button, nothing happens. I also found out that when I use the clicker to lock the car, it wasn't actually locked. The door opened and set off the alarm. Looks like I will have to stick to using the key until I can take it in for repairs (quoted at $300). - Visitor
Rear door does not lock with remote or when car gets to a certain speed, thus causing the locks to activate and keep clicking every time I start moving. Spoke to ve customer care and they told me pretty much too bad you are over the warranty period - Visitor
Rear passenger door won't lock. Same problem that everyone else is having. Trying to find someone other then Volkswagen to fix. Probably will take time - Visitor
same issue with rear doors not locking anymore and the windows don't open/close I have to open/close them using front door buttons - Visitor
My front drivers side door has had this issue for a long while now. Once the door latch was replaced under warranty and the issue dissapeared for awhile only to come back. Now the rear drivers side door wont lock at all and the alarm wont set. Ill try lubing the plunger but not certain that will fix it may just have to replace the latch assembly. My trunk latch also foesnt like to work right. - Visitor
all doors lock except drivers door with key fob. you have to physically use key to lock drivers door. - Visitor
On my 2007 VW Jetta, the drivers side door lock stopped working with the clicker. Will only lock using the key. - Visitor
Glow plugs have not worked since I purchased the car in April 2011. Someone had replaced the original harness before I bought the car, but that obviously did not resolve the issue. Since then I have discovered that the glow plugs will work if I disconnect the tempurature sensor, but then I do not have a working temp gauge. I have replaced the sensor, but that did not solve the issue. Car currently has 305,000 has developed other electical issues since then such as door locks not locking correctly and about 3 months ago the CD player stopped working. Since approximately then, I have had issues with the battery draining. I replaced the battery about 2 months ago, but it will still drain completely if I let it sit for more than 1 day(2 days when the battery was brand new). - Albin
Unable to lock rt rear door with remote and or drivers side door lock on inside of door. - Visitor
Same here - the rear driver's side door won't lock. It's intermittent. We will try cleaning and lubrication of the lock. Hope it works. Don't need an expensive fix right now! - Visitor
Two of the four doors won't lock most of the time. - Visitor
Same problem originally right rear door fix while still under warrienty. Now the left rear door and sometimes the right rear again. I though it was just my dealer North Penn VW that was dumb, contacted Vw USA with same worthless result. Going to try and fix it myself, going car shopping in the spring ...pretty sure it will not be another VW even though I Loved the Jetta for the first four years...now every time I click the remote I get pissed off. And as a previous post said it is a safety issue..in my case for my stuff more than people. - Visitor
I just got this repaired today after 2 yrs of ignoring it. Passenger rear door. Total cost is about $125 (from memory, havne't paid invoice yet). It's a plastic switch in the door that broke, which I'm sure, if I had the knowledge, I coudl repair myself for about $50. Value of my time means that this repair is worth it. Also, there's apparently a lens that covers a hole on bottom of the door that was missing ($10) and that could allow water intrusion, so be sure to have that checked if you're getting this looked at. - Visitor
The driver side door lock has been intermittent using the remote. Sometimes it would lock and sometimes not (like some other features as well). Now it has stopped locking at all for the last 3 days. I'm going to try some teflon spray on it to see if it will loosen and allow it to work again. - Visitor
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