Doors won't lock using clicker on Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Average mileage: 86,331 (2,500–270,000)
7 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2009, 2010, 2012
69 people reported this problem
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
Driver side rear passenger door will not lock at all.
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).
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
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
Rear door on 2012 Passatt would not lock. Took advise of 2009 jetta owner's posting and lubricated locking mechanism on door with WD40. It worked!! However, this should be a response from the dealership instead of a $498 estimate to fix. Thank God for the internet.
it works on and off
Rear door motor doesn't work
Back passenger door won't lock with clicker or manually. Roll up rear windows and automatically come back down. Crazy electrical stuff, a/c blower just stopped along with window washer fluid motor
Key fob will no longer lick the driver door.
Same problems everyone else is having. Gonna try to clean behind rubber door sensors?
The doors do not reliably lock, when using the clicker or the door lock button. Actually got robbed bcause I had thought them locked when the rear door will just open anyway.
Started wth driver's rear door, now all doors remain unlocked. Solonoids activate, but locks don't engage.
Intermittent - it will not lock for a couple of weeks and then go back to locking. Doses not affect the alarm. I just check to make sure it's locked, if not I open the back door (alarm doesn't go off) and lock it manually, or lock it before I use the key fob. Annoying, but no big deal, thankfully it's on the drivers side so I don't have to walk all the way around!
Vehicle was in a wreck. Damage to front. Locks worked fine going in to the body shop. Front driver side does not lock coming out of the body shop. Shop says the actuator has failed and looks like we're going to have to pay to fix. I think it was brought on by the wreck but they will not believe me. Found an actuator on the web for $30. How hard can it be to replace?
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