Author Topic: central locking - internal door lock mechanism + solenoid  (Read 5654 times)


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We all know these are a pain in the arse and you cant repair them. Most of the second hand ones you buy tend to be just as knackered as the ones you have taken off you car. They dont work in sub zero condition's and barely work when its warm.

There is a cheap and easy repair / replacement which comes from the Renault 5's little brother.......the Clio. The internal door lock mechanism and electric solenoid for the central locking off a 1997 / 1998 Clio 1 / ph 3 ( the last of the 1st generation Clio's with the combined headlight and indicator ) will fit the Renault 5 perfectly.

The lock bolts in place and the connecting rods fasten up in exactly the same way.

The only difference is the wiring / connector. Make sure you take the connector off the donor car and about 15cm of the wiring.

On the GT Turbo the central locking loom / connector has 5 terminals. One red / 2 purple / 2 white. Cut the connector off and insulate the red - you dont need it. Then quickly check the current with a circuit tester / voltage meter as one of the purple wires gives off more current than the other purple wire. Same applies with the white. When you have found the more powerful feed insulate the less powerful purple and white. You are then left with 2 wires ( you check the current feed by pressing your key fob with the voltage meter connected to the wires ) OK

On the Clio loom there are 2 connectors - more or less same colour. Connect the wires accordingly ( purple - purple / white - white ) join the wires and then connect the pluginto the solenoid and test the central locking. You will find it works very well and a hell of a lot more powerful than your original locks. The button on the centre console for locking your doors will still work fine ( test )

The locks / solenoid you need will have "Vachette" stamped on them. They look different but fit perfect !!

Done the job on my car and they are spot on