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2008 chevrolet malibu door lock problem

2008 chevy malibu. cannot unlock doors from driver side or passanger side of car. i can lock doors however from driver side only not passanger but can lock doors when car in park, not while car in motion. keyless remote works fine. car locks putting car into gear and unlocks when car in park. car will however just lock and unlock when car is in motion at random times. what can cause this problem? any help would be

given advice of checking interminnent door adjar lock contacts. only problem is where would i find that located in vehcile. any help please

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    94 camry driver side door lock switch not working Will unlock but won't lock doors Passanger side door lock switch works fine Just replaced driver side master power switch Still having same issue



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My girlfriend has a 2008 Malibu. The door locks began to falter one by one until three of the locks had to be operated manually or by using a key. I checked the fuses, the BCM and the lubrication on the locks. The door lock actuators were the real problem. She was quoted about $1000 to fix the problem and replace all three of the bad actuator/ door lock assemblies through the dealer. I called and got a price of $125 for the front door and $105 for each of the back doors from the dealer. I was able to fix all three door locks in about three hours myself. It took a few star end bits, a 10 mm socket and a regular phillips screwdriver to get the job done. It has been two weeks now and she is ecstatic that the problem has been fixed and she saved about $750. This seems to be a common problem with this car, when ordering make sure you have the VIN number of the car you are working on to ensure you get the right part. Depending on the year of the vehicle there was a production date split for these parts.

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  • ladislau Dec 04, 2011

    Hi Tony, my name is Laci , i live in Europe ,Romania., I bought one New Malibu in 2008 , and also , i heve problems with my door lock.Almost from 1,5 year . Just the driver door works , the rest of door i must unlocked manually.Please aomebody help me , how i can repair or what i must do . !!! im sick , cause a f... new car can have so much problems.,my mail is thank you

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    ddemarest418 Mar 11, 2013

    So how did u get the actuators out of the door? it seems to be between tho two panels and hard to get to

  • Robert B. Dobynes
    Robert B. Dobynes Sep 22, 2017

    Look up universal door actuator on 09 malibu


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You have a intermittent condition. To isolate the cause: 1.Disconnect the drivers door lock/unlock switch from the connector. Drive the vehicle and see if your random lock/unlock condition has stopped. If it has, replace the switch. If it hasn't:
2. You have a grounding problem or a problem in the BCM (Body Control Module) and should have a technician use a Tech 2 Diagnostic Link Tool to access the BCM computer to obtain any fault code data to help correct the condition.

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Your issue is in the BCM and not the actuators, Its worth a diagnostic fee to have the fault codes pulled from unit and go straight to the issue.

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