2000 Concorde Door Solenoids all failed.

Discussion in 'Concorde' started by Ron in GA, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. Ron in GA

    Ron in GA Guest

    My 2000 Concorde's door lock solenoids/actuators/motors (I've seen all
    descriptions used) on all four doors have failed with loud grinding noises
    and improper locking (varies by door). I can't believe that I'm the only
    person with this problem if all four locks have failed but I can only find a
    couple of comments about the problem. Of course it's out of warranty. Can
    these be replaced with aftermarket lock mechanisms. I hate to buy oem parts
    and trust the quality is better now. Any comments/suggestions?
    Ron in GA, Jun 28, 2004
  2. Ron in GA

    Bill Putney Guest

    If you visit www.dodgeintrepid.net and the 300M ezBoard, you will see
    that it is a fairly common failure. However, having all four fail is
    probably unusual - aren't you the lucky person!! What are the chances.
    Maybe you should play the lottery with your Concorde's VIN. 8^)

    It is possible that the problem is batch specific, in which case you
    would probably do fine getting them all from a salvage yard. Any 2nd
    gen LH car will do. Doesn't look like www.car-parts.com lists the
    latch, but if you have any decent salvage yards around you, you should
    be able to find a good donor car for the latches.

    FWIW, my '99 has had no lock failures (or at least not since I bought it
    at 58k miles).

    You may already know this, but the solenoid/motor/actuator is built into
    the latch - so that's another name for it - but if you go around asking
    for it, "latch" is probably the best name to use for others to recognize
    what you're talking about.

    You might also post to the Buy/Sell/Trade forums in DI.net and 300M
    ezBoard, although there's probably more people needing than selling
    them. I sold one on the 300M ezBoard a couple of months ago from a
    salvage door I installed on my Concorde due to an accident.

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Jun 28, 2004
  3. Ron in GA

    Art Guest

    No problem on my 99 300M with the locks though it certain weather they sound
    a bit different.
    Art, Jun 29, 2004
  4. Ron in GA

    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    FWIW, we lost three of our four door latches on my wife's 2000 Intrepid, and
    the trunk remote; the replacement door latches are all holding up
    fine. Haven't bothered to replace the trunk latch yet.
    Joe Pfeiffer, Jun 30, 2004
  5. Ron in GA

    MoPar Man Guest

    Have a look in this news group for postings with the subject "Chrysler
    300M: Can't open rear passenger door" (Jan 31/04).

    These door solenoids are failing probably because they get used
    *needlessly* every time you get in your car and start to drive it
    because they are self-activating (auto-locking).

    I hate this feature.

    For example, in the morning I get in my 300 (which is parked in a
    garage over-night, and it's NOT LOCKED). I drive to work. In the
    parking lot I lock it. After work, I un-lock it, get in, drive home,
    and it remains unlocked.

    So what do we have here. Ideally, the doors would not attempt an
    "auto-lock" once the car is started and driven a few hundred yards.
    So on a typical day I would perform 1 lock cycle (locking all doors
    upon arrival at work and unlocking passenger door when leaving work).
    No other locking activity would happen.

    Instead, what really happens is
    1) get in car in the morning. Start to drive to work. ALL doors are
    auto-locked (even the ones that ARE ALREADY locked).

    2) at work, I lock the car.

    3) at work, I unlock driver door.

    4) driving away from work, all doors are auto-locked (even the ones
    that are ALREADY locked).

    It must be the auto-locking "feature" that is killing these
    solenoids. Can it be turned off?

    Why can't it work such that when a locking cycle is performed, that
    ONLY the doors that are unlocked have their solenoids activated, and
    vice-versa? That would eliminate needless solenoid activation and
    extend their life.
    MoPar Man, Jun 30, 2004
  6. Ron in GA

    RPhillips47 Guest

    Yes, at least it can on my '96 T&C LXi by doing this:

    1. Close all doors.
    2. With key in ignition turn it between the OFF and ON position a total of
    four times ending in the OFF position (do not start the engine).
    3. Press the driver's side power door lock button to lock the doors.
    4. You will hear a single chime when programming is completed.

    (Quoted from Page 17, "Things to Know Before Starting Your Vehicle", 1996
    Chrysler Town & Country Owner's Manual.
    RPhillips47, Jun 30, 2004
  7. Ron in GA

    Bill Putney Guest

    I never thought about it, but this feature being the deafult could
    explain the relatively high number of failures.

    It can be disabled on my '99 Concorde and every other LH vehicle - I
    assume later years as well - by a similar if not identical procedure.
    MoPar Man - look in your owner's manual for the procedure. It's in

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Jul 1, 2004
  8. Ron in GA

    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    How? I lock my doors every time I get in the car; in my wife's car,
    the car takes care of it for me. what difference can it make to the
    life of the solenoid?
    Joe Pfeiffer, Jul 1, 2004
  9. Ron in GA

    Bill Putney Guest

    I would say that's not the norm either. But obviously they shouldn't
    fail even then. More cycling = earlier failure.

    Bill Putney
    (to reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with "x")
    Bill Putney, Jul 1, 2004
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