[200q20v] frozen door lock?

C1J1Miller at aol.com C1J1Miller at aol.com
Mon Jan 22 12:30:46 EST 2001

The heated door locks are activated when you lift the outer door handle slightly, at any outside temp.  It probably thawed out the cylinder right after you opened the passenger's side door.

Not sure how to test; probably have to either:
pull the door, and check resistance/continuity or,
wait for the lock to freeze again, then lift the handle, wait a bit, and see if it works.

Another option would be to get some frost around the lock on the outside of the door (frozen condensation from your breath?), activate the handle, and see if it melts off.  Try lifting the handle a second time about 30 seconds later...

In a message dated Mon, 22 Jan 2001 12:20:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, Mark Trank <MTrank at exch.co.albemarle.va.us> writes:

<< Greetings:

Came out this a.m. to 15 degree temperature (I realize that's mild for you
hardy quattro owners in certain parts of the world but in Central Virginia
pretty durn cold even in winter) and driver's side door lock refused to
accept key all the way.  It felt like something was blocking the key from
full entry.  Natch I opened it up from the trusty passenger side door, with
no similar symptoms.  Those of you who have very graciously responded to my
recent posts regarding door locks may recall I have recently had the
upgraded stamped metal door lock installed driver's side in place of the
original pot metal piece after an accident disabled the latter.

Once the outdoor temperature warmed up into the 20s, no problem with the
key.  Also, I've never quite figured out the "heated door lock" feature that
supposedly is in place.........my initial assumption is that it has
deactivated but not sure how to diagnose and fix it.

Anybody recognize this or have similar experiences?


Mark A. Trank
mtrank at albemarle.org
mtrank at exch.co.albemarle.va.us
91 200q20v 84k miles

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