My wife's 2000 model year (nearly 14 years old) Puma (in the UK) has
developed a problem with the central locking.
Using either the remote or the key in the door, the central locking goes
through the motions - you can hear whirring inside the doors - but it
doesn't actually lock. The whirring seems to be accompanied by a
clicking noise inside the front passenger door. When the key is held in
the lock position, I can feel a force trying to turn it back towards the
If I remove the fuses which relate to the locking system, I can then
lock the front doors (one at a time) with the key - but I can't find a
way to disable the tailgate button - so the car still can't be secured.
Do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone? Any pointers as to what I
need to look for?
I don't think it's a matter of having too little battery power to
operate the locks - the engine turns over normally when starting, and
there are no other symptoms of a flat battery.
[The Puma shares many components with Fiestas of that era - so any
experience of similar problems with Fiestas may well be relevant].
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