‘What’s going on with my power locks?’

The Car Doc weighs in.

Jeep Cherokee.
Jeep Cherokee. –FCA

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Q. My Jeep Cherokee is in good shape, but the passenger door won’t lock with the power lock button. I took my Jeep into the local dealer. They did a quick check and told me to live with manually locking the door. Any idea what could be wrong?

A. More than likely, the door lock actuator is faulty. The part is about $175, and it will take a couple of hours of labor to further test the part, remove the door panel, and replace the actuator. At nearly $400, I might be tempted to manually lock and unlock the passenger door as well.   

John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. He answers readers’ questions each Saturday. You can tune in to his radio program Saturday morning from 8:30-10 a.m. on 950AM WROL or www.wrolradio.com. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com. Follow John on Twitter @johnfpaul and friend him on Facebook mrjohnfpaul.

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