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VW Passat Family (NMS and B7) TDIs (2012+) Discussion area for the 2012+ Passat TDI (North American and rest of world versions versions). The North American model was previously codenamed NMS (New Midsize Sedan) and the version the rest of the world gets is sometimes referred to as B7.

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Old August 22nd, 2016, 17:10   #1
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Default Driver door won't lock

The driver door on my 2013 TDI SEL won't lock with the key fob or the handle. I can pop the cover off of the door handle to use the manual lock, but that's a pain. I'm assuming that it's the door lock actuator. I know that it was a common problem on the earlier VW's. Has anyone tried to repair the part instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a new one? I plan to sell the car back to VW so I really don't want to put any more money into it since I had to buy a new Adblue heater recently.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 21:55   #2
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I have fixed mine, but from what I have read here the newer cars, 2012+, the actuator assemblies are glued and/or riveted together instead of screws like on mine. so you end up having to replace the actuator assy. I know not what you wanted to hear. sorry. can always hold out hope someone else will chime in and say I'm wrong.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 03:49   #3
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I found a used actuator from a 2014 Passat for $50 shipped. Hopefully it holds out until the buyback. Last night my wife told me that it hasn't been locking for a few weeks. That would have been good to know.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 11:26   #4
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The driver door on my 2013 TDI SEL won't lock with the key fob or the handle. I can pop the cover off of the door handle to use the manual lock, but that's a pain. I'm assuming that it's the door lock actuator. I know that it was a common problem on the earlier VW's. Has anyone tried to repair the part instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a new one? I plan to sell the car back to VW so I really don't want to put any more money into it since I had to buy a new Adblue heater recently.
Did you replace the keyfob batteries?
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 14:00   #5
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The keyfob works fine. All of the other doors lock/unlock and the car starts.
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Old October 26th, 2017, 18:35   #6
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I have a similar problem, except that I can't lock the door even using the lock cylinder. If I try to lock, the rest of the doors lock, not the driver door. The led on the door flashes for about 6 times, then turns on for half a minute.

This is pretty annoying. I was hoping the manual lock actually would lock the door. Maybe some lever fell off, or something.

I am going to have to figure out how to take the inner cover off the door to see what is going on there. I'll search around...
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Old October 27th, 2017, 11:35   #7
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Check my post here:

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Old October 27th, 2017, 12:17   #8
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Thanks, I'll give that a try. As I understand it, you are drilling holes in the actuator itself? So I'm guessing you removed the actuator from the door?

I got the inner panel off, and that black port to the actuator off too. Guess I'll try removing the actuator now.

My other option is just to sell back the damn thing back to VW without telling them the door doesn't lock. I'm guessing next time I get a DEQ inspection on this car, it's going to fail... (I'm not up to date with the resolution of the settlement).
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Old October 30th, 2017, 05:13   #9
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I drilled holes through the shell of the actuator assembly, but I don't think it was necessary. Silicone spray lube comes out kinda foamy when you blast it in, and it should get where it needs to be without drilled holes.
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