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akakii
04-12-2004, 02:32 PM
I just bought an '01 EX with 48K miles on it -- my first one -- and am loving it. 8) Added armrests on both front seats, Wet Okole seat covers, and am thinking about what to do next. All of this, however, has nothing to do with my problem, which is that the doors are locking by themselves from time to time and I can't figure out why. It has happened in several locations, so where I am doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. I thought maybe I was hitting the lock button on the remote when putting it into my pocket, but when I carried it in my hand instead it still happened anyway. This has happened to me 8-10 times in the four weeks that I've owned it. Mostly it's just a nuisance, but I can imagine inadvertently locking my keys in the car sometime.

Has anyone had this problem? Any ideas?

chiph
04-12-2004, 06:36 PM
Could this be it?

If you hit the "unlock" on the remote, but then don't open any doors, the doors will relock. The theory behind the behavior is if you're carrying the key in your pocket and you accidently unlock it while walking away (other keys, coins, etc, press the button), you don't want to be leaving your baby unlocked while you're at the office all day.

Chip H.

james900rr
04-12-2004, 08:35 PM
i like Chip's response i believe there is a "Fail safe" in some systems that will relock the doors if the keys arent in the Ign and the windows are up....maybe you were blessed with the technology......pretty sweet if you ask me

Vigor25
04-12-2004, 08:55 PM
I agree.....its a nice safety feature and u can't lock yurself out because the remote would have to be in yur posession in order for you to hit the unlock button and let feature relock the doors again after 30sec.

NorahCRV
04-12-2004, 09:39 PM
The other possibility is a "mal-functioning" (not on a HONDA!) lock relay. We first encountered this on my husband's Ford driving thru a rainstorm, water got up in the "works" and was shorting out the power door locks. Also, I've heard them locking & unlocking on an Acura in the employee parking lot at work on a warm sunny day - go figure? :shock:

Follow up question - is there a way to lock all door but the driver's when you are in the car - I put things in the back seat on my way to work, and don't like to drive with the back doors unlocked, but like to keep my driver's door unlocked - don't ask why - just read above about the doors randomly locking & unlocking - I don't like the feeling of being trapped. If I lock the doors when I get in the car - can I then unlock just the driver's? I tried it once, and it set off the alarm - unless I wasn't doing it correctly? :oops:

absolutjh
04-13-2004, 12:13 AM
akaii

do the doors lock and unlock, or just lock? Do they do it while your driving?

professor
04-13-2004, 03:46 AM
My 04 EX does the same thing, i.e. locks itself when it feels like it. I drive in the garage, get out and go in the house. Later, I might go back to the V in the garage to get something, and it's locked itself. Sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn't. It never unlocks itself or locks itself while I'm driving. I'm puzzled.
professor

elysian
04-13-2004, 09:19 AM
This has happend to me on my 99 cr-v ex. Sometimes when I hit the lock button on the keyless remote, the doors just keep trying to lock themselves a bunch of times. When I press it again, it's supposed to honk the horn but it just keeps locking the doors again.

Upon reading what coolchid said above about the rain, now that I think about it, this only happens when my cr-v has been sitting in the rain for a while. I've noticed that this goes away when it's not raining.

Now the question is, how do I fix it? Even though it doesn't rain much here, it's still quite annoying.

Clownpuncher 2.4
04-13-2004, 09:57 AM
The other possibility is a "mal-functioning" (not on a HONDA!) lock relay. We first encountered this on my husband's Ford driving thru a rainstorm, water got up in the "works" and was shorting out the power door locks. Also, I've heard them locking & unlocking on an Acura in the employee parking lot at work on a warm sunny day - go figure?

I had this happen on my former 93 Honda Accord. Thought my car was "Possessed". Car doors were locking and unlocking by themselves. I didn't have keyless entry either. :?

rangerj64
04-13-2004, 11:53 AM
I would imagine that the problem is either a short or bad relay somewhere or the automatic relock thing. However, I have seen a near dead battery on some Chevy's do the same thing.

akakii
04-13-2004, 03:00 PM
Thanks for all of the feedback. I agree that it's not necessarily a bad thing that it happens. I just want to understand why. I'm going to play around with the remote and different variable and see if I can figure it out.

absolutjh, it only locks by itself. I have yet to see it automatically unlock. And it hasn't happened while I'm driving.

craigdelmage
04-16-2004, 07:54 AM
I have the same problem with my 2000 CR-V. Seems to happen right after a cold start, after I am moving and after I have locked the doors. The door locks then move up and down on their own, as if there was a ghost in the machine. Was really bad 2 years ago, went away, and am now getting it again, but not as bad. Must be a defect somewhere. :cry:

akakii
04-16-2004, 08:14 AM
It looks like chiph hit the nail on the head. It does indeed relock in 30 sec. if you don't open any doors. Now I'm trying to remember if I had hit the unlock button at any of the times that the doors locked on me.

CRV Bill
04-16-2004, 01:00 PM
There is a note in the 2004 Owners Manual that states.....after using the remote to unlock the doors....the doors will automatically relock in 30 seconds if a door is not opened.

Hope this helps explain some of the "ghosts"

Take care,

Bill

wangofree
04-16-2004, 01:13 PM
Could this be it?

If you hit the "unlock" on the remote, but then don't open any doors, the doors will relock. Chip H.


There is a note in the 2004 Owners Manual that states.....after using the remote to unlock the doors....the doors will automatically relock in 30 seconds if a door is not opened.


What's different between these responses? :roll:

Racoon
04-16-2004, 01:29 PM
Could this be it?

If you hit the "unlock" on the remote, but then don't open any doors, the doors will relock. Chip H.


There is a note in the 2004 Owners Manual that states.....after using the remote to unlock the doors....the doors will automatically relock in 30 seconds if a door is not opened.


What's different between these responses? :roll:

The second one cites a reference and contains more detail. I guess that means it more reliable, right?

:lol:

elysian
04-16-2004, 01:43 PM
It's normal behavior for the doors to lock by themselves after a certain amount of time.

However, I think the problem we are having with our locks is that they lock then unlock, then lock, then unlock, lock, unlock...

I'm not sure if it's water related now since it happened yesterday and it hasn't rained in a while.

CRV Bill
04-16-2004, 02:24 PM
In our own way, each of us is trying to explain under what condition the doors will relock.

Bill

chiph
04-16-2004, 06:10 PM
One is a quote from the manual, and the other is from my poor, overloaded brain.
;-)

Glad that it wasn't anything serious -- just an unexpected (but correct) behavior.

Back when I had a MINI, some of the other owners would report their cars behaving like "Christine" -- doors locking & unlocking, the windows going up & down all by themselves. It turned out to be a water leak that got into the BC-1 body control computer (all functions on the car are multiplexed onto a databus). In the MINI, even the brake lights are controlled by the computer, and the turn-indicator "click-click" sound comes out of a speaker!

While the CR-V has a number of computers, I'm grateful that they're only used where they're really needed, and not gratuitously.

Chip H.

professor
04-21-2004, 08:23 AM
Here's My earlier post on this thread:

My 04 EX does the same thing, i.e. locks itself when it feels like it. I drive in the garage, get out and go in the house. Later, I might go back to the V in the garage to get something, and it's locked itself. Sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn't. It never unlocks itself or locks itself while I'm driving. I'm puzzled.

I think I might have solved that mystery. I hadn't realized how extraordinarily sensitive the keyless remote is until I tested it. That remote can lock the doors from anywhere in my house, including from the bathroom that is at the other end of the house, 90 feet away from the garaged V. It will do it through walls and closed doors. So, now my hypothesis is that the remote, which lives in my pants pocket, when it's not in the ignition switch, is sometimes bumped when I'm in the house, which is enough to lock the V's doors. In order to test this, I've started leaving the remote in a safe place where it can't be disturbed. It's been three days, and the doors have not mysteriously locked in that time. Time will tell.
Professor

Einstein
04-22-2004, 07:26 PM
I'm cruising in my Element, perfectly still in my seat, far away from the keys and the door lock buttons. My doors locked on their own. Once, that's it.