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Old 12-07-2019, 12:54 AM   #1
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My 2001 Roadtrek 190 (Dodge chassis) has power locks. When you put the key in the driver's door and turn it twice all doors should open. I just realized today that the rear door does not lock, but all the other doors work with the double turn of the key. However, I can lock and unlock the rear door manually with the key.

I looked at the Dodge factory manual and it mentions the two front doors, but not the rear. Of course, this is a modified van with a unique rear door compared to a commercial work van. I am assuming that all doors should operate with the turn of the key.

1. Can someone with a similar model check to see if the rear door is supposed to lock?

2. Has anyone with a similar problem taken any of the the doors apart?
(I assume that the power locks in all the doors all operate the same way)

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-07-2019, 02:31 PM   #2
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Problem solved

The side and rear doors do not have a wiring harness in them The electrical current is supplied via two dime-sized metal "buttons" on the door sills. Subsequently, there are two smaller "buttons" on the door. when the doors are closed these make contact.

I simply cleaned the oxidation off the "buttons" with some fine sandpaper and everything is back to normal. Nice easy fix!
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Should it happen again, check the door auto lock linkage inside the rear door. My 1997 B3500 has a single rear door and the linkage broke, rendering the rear auto door lock inop. It works OK manually. I think the shape of that linkage causes it to be prone to fatigue and failure. I am pretty sure the doors are the same ~1995 thru 2003 (and perhaps earlier).
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Should it happen again, check the door auto lock linkage inside the rear door. My 1997 B3500 has a single rear door and the linkage broke, rendering the rear auto door lock inop. It works OK manually. I think the shape of that linkage causes it to be prone to fatigue and failure. I am pretty sure the doors are the same ~1995 thru 2003 (and perhaps earlier).
I bought a 1997 Roadtrek 170P with a rear door that did not electrically lock, but would with the key. After opening up the door panel, I found the link rod was broken in two pieces. Something must have forced it hard enough that it broke the rod, right at a bend. I found there was a similar lock mechanism on ebay with good pictures of the rod, and from that and the two pieces -- I made a new rod out of some steel wire that I had in a junk drawer. Surprisingly, it worked the first time without any further adjustment.

So check ebay if you need a new lock mechanism. It might still be there.
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Thanks for the linkage tips. Luckily, I did not have to remove the door panel.
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Mine turned out to be a bad solenoid on the rear side door. I replaced it with one from "all electronics" Here is a link: https://www.allelectronics.com/item/...ctuator/1.html
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