It's supposed to be a safety feature, that is, the doors lock
automagically when car starts moving. But others here have reported
the doors locking when the car is sitting, idling.
When I leave my car running, I always open the driver's side window
enough so I can reach in and open it. Pain in the rear in a Michigan
I have a 1990 Camry. It has power locks. You can't lock the keys in
the car when the engine running. My son found out by accidentally
locking the hitting the door lock button while getting out with the
keys in the ignition. He shut the door and the Camry auto-unlocked.
I love by Focus (just crossed 109,000 miles this weekend) but this is
one feature that makes me shake my head.
My 2001 used to do it to me on occasion. What I do now in the winters
is use my key chain that separates. That was I can easily take off the
key fob while the key is in the ignition. If the car locks, I can
I think it's something screwy with Ford's wiring, though they couldn't
"recreate the problem" one time when I asked them to take a look at it.
Tony Wesley wrote:
One fine wintery morning I also realized that the fob will not open the
locks when the car is running wiht the key. (01 wagon - Canada)
my solution. auto starter installed and never scrap ice / snow with the
key in the ignition... always have a key to open the door with.
There's another way around this. Take your key into a hardware store and get
a copy made. If they tell you it's got a chip in it and won't start the car,
tell them to copy it anyway. Then keep the key in your wallet. It won't
start the car but it will open the door. I haven't lost a key in 4 1/2
decades of driving but once or twice a year I lock my keys in the car and
this saves my buns.
Turn off the *!Z#@*& auto-lock. The manual shows you the procedure; it
involves turning the ignition on and off while hitting the lock/unlock
buttons in a certain sequence. It was the very first thing I did when I
got my new car home. I hate the autolock with a passion!
The autolock isn't supposed to operate until you reach a certain speed.
If it locked while standing still, then it was more than likely an
electronic malfunction that would have happened whether you had autolock
operational or not.
My Dodge did that last year in the same situation, and that doesn't
autolock until a higher speed than my Focus.
Like someone else suggested, the best thing is get a key copy made so
when it does happen, you can still get in.
I personally like the autolock, but not when I'm outside scraping ice
off the windshield on a cold day. I don't think disabling autolock will
prevent the situation, unless you disable the power locks completely.
Hmmm, i tested it tonight. The fob doesn't work if the engine is
running. However, turn it off and it works even if the key is still in
the ignition. Course, that doesn't help us anyway.........
I think I'll get a key made.
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