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Old May 26th, 2008, 16:30   #1
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Default Can you turn off the auto door locks?

I know it's safer to drive around with the doors locked, but it's annoying to have to unlock all the doors, throw some gear in the back, drive somewhere and unlock all the doors again. Plus I'd imagine the locking mechanisms wear out much faster.

Anyone know how to adjust the settings with a VAG-COM?
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Old May 26th, 2008, 16:58   #2
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Yes it is possible. Covered many times if you'd like to use the search function. As an alternative, you can also program the car to auto unlock the doors when you pull out the key from the ignition switch.

This is done via the soft coding and adaptation channels of the convenience/central locking controller (which ever is appropriate for your car).
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Old May 26th, 2008, 18:28   #3
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Thanks MOgolf. I searched a while back using advanced search, with "door lock" in the title, didn't hit anything useful. Upon reading your post I set about to prove you wrong, that the search function doesn't pick up multiple words. This time I limited the search to OBD Scanners and viola! Very first post about changing the locks in an A4 with the link to the Ross Tech site. I love being wrong as much as I hate getting the answer, or wait . . .
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Old May 27th, 2008, 05:46   #4
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I know it's safer to drive around with the doors locked,...
I had a Volvo in my pre-TDI days. It specifically advised AGAINST driving with the doors locked because of the delay rescuers would face in opening doors to extract incapacitated accident victims. I leave mine unlocked.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 09:10   #5
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Aside from the whole terrorist-opens-the-door-and-throws-in-a-bomb scenario, I had heard it was harder to pop a door off if it's locked. However, if you're in a crash so severe that it'll explode a door off the car, I think there'd be other stuff to worry about.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 09:21   #6
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My wife really really hates the auto door locks. Reason is: When we get in a hot car after shopping or going somewhere and we both put the windows down. Then at 10 MPH the doors lock. She hasn't learned to keep her arm out of the way and the door lock sucks part of her skin on her arm down with it and leaves a nice little blood blister on her arm. She of course yells at me for it. This has happened at least 4 times this year already.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 15:05   #7
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Lefty,I frowned when i read you post about the locks pinching you wife's arm.Mine done the same thing a couple of weeks ago.I hate the auto locks with a pasion.I live in north Alabama and i am looking for someone in my area with a vag-com but i have not had any luck yet.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 19:39   #8
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My wife really really hates the auto door locks. Reason is: When we get in a hot car after shopping or going somewhere and we both put the windows down. Then at 10 MPH the doors lock. She hasn't learned to keep her arm out of the way and the door lock sucks part of her skin on her arm down with it and leaves a nice little blood blister on her arm. She of course yells at me for it. This has happened at least 4 times this year already.
Insist that she sit the back seat.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 20:12   #9
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Aside from the whole terrorist-opens-the-door-and-throws-in-a-bomb scenario, I had heard it was harder to pop a door off if it's locked. However, if you're in a crash so severe that it'll explode a door off the car, I think there'd be other stuff to worry about.
Nope, just as easy to tear the door off locked vs. unlocked. Done quite a few with the Hurst tools.

Of course, it helps to check that the doors are unlocked prior to prying. I've actually walked to the passenger side and opened a door while the fire guys are getting the hydraulic tool ready to pop the driver's door.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 04:58   #10
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I had mine turned off before I took delivery. YES the dealer did it. But would not turn off the Dreaded Daytime Running Lights.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 05:16   #11
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Insist that she sit the back seat.
This July 14th makes 35 years of marriage. Do you think she will do anything I ask? I am uglier, fatter and much more wrinkled then before. Where am I going?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 13:26   #12
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For what it's worth, when my first 2000 Jetta TDI was T-boned (while parked and locked), the doors somehow all unlocked by themselves. The alarm did not go off, presumably because the glass amazingly didn't get broken. I wonder if there's some kind of safety feature that causes the doors to unlock in such a situation?
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Old May 29th, 2008, 14:19   #13
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Yes there is. I'll have to dig further to find the exact wording on this, but VW does say this is supposed to occur when a crash is detected.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 18:32   #14
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Yes there is. I'll have to dig further to find the exact wording on this, but VW does say this is supposed to occur when a crash is detected.
That's pretty smart. They should have a similar feature that rolls down the windows when the computer detects that the car is underwater!
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Old May 29th, 2008, 19:59   #15
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Quoted from Bentley manual:
"If the airbag control unit is triggered, a signal is sent to the convenience control unit to unlock the doors."

There's another note that mentions the interior lights are turned on and the engine is turned off.
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