Torque Shop

My car's central locking system is acting up. At first, the doors would no longer auto-lock when I step on the brake pedal before the start of a journey. Then, the doors would not unlock when I activate the remote key. Is this going to be a costly problem to fix?

One common cause of car doors failing to respond to the remote key is a weak battery in the key. Simply replacing the battery will fix the issue.

But the problem you described is most likely to do with a faulty central lock/alarm control unit. This component is fairly inexpensive to replace and should cost you around $100 or less.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'Torque Shop'. Print Edition | Subscribe