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Old 06-09-2005, 09:07 AM   #1
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'85 345 deadbolt woes

Trouble with the deadbolt. Doesn't latch electrically from the dash control, and feels very loose in hand manually. We took off what we could from the inside, but do we need to cut the skin to access the guts? (Please say no!) Is there a repair/replacement available?
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Old 06-09-2005, 09:24 AM   #2
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Mine didn't work either. It also (and still) is "wobbley". I removed the screws from the handle, cleaned the wires and put everything back together and it now works. Check the basics, like do you have 12V going to the handle when the switch is pushed, etc.

I have not had to get "under the skin" near mine but I'm pretty sure everything is in the handle that could break or stop working.

Worst case is that you do have to get into the wall. You can remove the "trim" around the door with a plastic putty knife (Brett once showd me that it just pops off) and drill out a few rivets near the door to see what's going on in there. There is aluminum behind the luan wood.
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Old 06-15-2005, 03:18 PM   #3
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So essentially, no cure for the wobbles? It seems it will one day give up the ghost, and leave us with only the door handle latch. The electrical part not working doesn't bother us, as it is easy enough to turn the handle ourselves, but the wobbles are bad. Should I try Inland for parts?
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