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Around a year and a half ago, my passenger-side front door lock actuator failed and it was replaced under warranty. Last week, my driver-side rear door lock started exhibiting the same symptoms and has since died. I made an appointment to bring the car into the dealership for repair for next week.

Well - today, I saw that my passenger-side rear door lock has also stopped working as well. That's failure of three out of the four door lock actuators in under three years.

Is this a common thing on the Gen 2s or am I just lucky?
 

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Around a year and a half ago, my passenger-side front door lock actuator failed and it was replaced under warranty. Last week, my driver-side rear door lock started exhibiting the same symptoms and has since died. I made an appointment to bring the car into the dealership for repair for next week.

Well - today, I saw that my passenger-side rear door lock has also stopped working as well. That's failure of three out of the four door lock actuators in under three years.

Is this a common thing on the Gen 2s or am I just lucky?
That's what I guessed will happen eventually since the doors keep locking/unlocking by auto lock feature. It there a way to disable auto lock/unlock with the gear selector? I didn't see anything in GDS2.
 

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That's what I guessed will happen eventually since the doors keep locking/unlocking by auto lock feature. It there a way to disable auto lock/unlock with the gear selector? I didn't see anything in GDS2.
Should be right in the in-dash Vehicle Personalization. It's called "Auto Door Unlock". (I found it on page 145 of the 2017 manual.) You can also customize most of the unlock functions to be confined to the driver door first, to save the passenger and rear doors from the wear and tear unless you press the thing a SECOND time.
 

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I brought my car in today to the dealer. Diagnostics showed both rear actuators failed (which I expected) and they will be covered under the extended warranty. Dealer also agreed to do the software update for the backfire/pop from the exhaust - also covered.

The bad news is that they won't have the parts in until Monday so I am stuck in a loaner over the weekend. The worse news is that the loaner is a base-model Malibu LT :)
 

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I brought my car in today to the dealer. Diagnostics showed both rear actuators failed (which I expected) and they will be covered under the extended warranty. Dealer also agreed to do the software update for the backfire/pop from the exhaust - also covered.

The bad news is that they won't have the parts in until Monday so I am stuck in a loaner over the weekend. The worse news is that the loaner is a base-model Malibu LT :)
The good news is you will be happier when you get your car back!
 

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my rear driver door lock stopped working for almost a year. Since I'm out of warranty, the dealer wanted to charge me $125 for a diagnostics. I declined. When the weather started getting warm, it started working again out of the blue. Now that it's getting cold, it stopped working again. oh well, that's been my luck with this car.
 

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Door locks not working

There is a very small, cheap, spring metal switch under each door button. If you push hard on the switch, it will not hurt it but if this successfully locks or unlocks the door then the switch has probably got heavily tarnished or oxidized contacts. The membrane switch cannot be replaced so an entire new handle needs to be installed. The original handle covers can be used on the new handles as long as they are OEM handles. I bought white handles for my 2013 but had to remove and replace the white covers with my original black ones. A wide blade screwdriver can be wedged under the front of the new handle before mounting and twisted to remove the handle covers allowing exchange of the plastic painted covers.
 
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