We've got a 1998 Galaxy MPV and we've been having problems with the central
locking. It was working perfectly until one day the central locking just
failed - all the doors had to be locked manually and the tailgate wouldn't
lock at all. The "door open" light for the driver's door would also flash
on as we drove around.
Anyway, we took the car to the chap who normally fixes our cars and he
replaced the (broken) lock, and the central locking control mechanism (both
in the driver's door). This helped with the central locking at the time,
but when we got near home, the "door open" light for the driver's door
started flashing intermittently again.
The light flashing seems to depend on where the car's being driven - it's
normally ok going uphill, but flashes when you're going downhill or over a
When we get out of the car, it takes two attempts to lock it because the
driver's door light is on when nobody's in the car. What my wife found that
1) Close the driver's door, and lock it.
2) Open the rear driver's side door, and close it. (Even though you just
locked the car)
3) Lock the car from the driver's door again. NOW it's locked properly,
otherwise repeat the above.
I was wondering if anyone has experienced anything like this with their
Ford - we've tried spraying through the keyhole with WD40, which improved
the situation, but hasn't fixed it properly.
I'm suspicious of the microswitches in the driver's and driver's rear doors,
as they're the only bit of the mechanism in the driver's door that hasn't
been replaced. However, the spares guy at the dealership said that they
stock the other mechanism parts "because they sell quite a few". They don't
stock the microswitches because "they never go wrong". From what I've read
on this group, I'm not convinced of that.
I'd be grateful for any help or advice anyone can offer.
Thanks in advance