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About a year ago I purchased a Lotus Evora S 6sp 3.5L SC in Australia. The car drives well and I'm very happy with it. But I have a problem with the central locking system.

When I press the button on the key fob to lock the car, both doors lock as expected. But when I press the button to unlock, only the passenger door side unlocks. One press should unlock the driver door and another press should unlock the passenger door. It doesn't matter how many times I press the button the driver door remains locked. Occasionally, about 1 in 10 times it actually works correctly - the first press unlocks the driver's door & second press unlocks the passenger's door.

Anyone experience this problem or know what's causing it? Is it more likely the solenoid/actuator, or am I likely looking at replacing the whole central locking system control unit? Also any advice on how to access and check the actuator.

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8 minutes ago, Bibs said:

Hi and welcome Lise - What year is the car? If it's an early car, it's likely to be the pins sticking in which case a spray of dry lubricant fixes the issue. I had the same on my drivers door so used this and it's fixed it nicely.

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thanks for your feedback Bibs. what are the "pins"? do I need to take the door apart? are they easy to get to? I'm pretty sure its 2013, but could be 2014 model.

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Opened the passenger door this morning no issue , got to school couldn’t open the door so my daughter had to hop over to drivers side 

got home squirted some lubrication down the pins but alas no result the door still won’t open 

I can see pin going up but it appears there’s a tiny drop ? 
any suggestions ? 

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The latch is probably binding somewhere and not allowing for a complete unlock. Try manually manipulating the door lock pin up and down while trying the interior door handle. 

If it still won't open, there are very few options left to get the door open when the latch won't budge. I have a write-up on LT about one such method. 

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Finally after playing with the pin and using the key in the barrel the door opened ! 😀

actually feel quite proud of myself ! Lol 

sprayed a load of silicone stuff into the pin and door mechanism on the outside of door not sure if this was due to recent heatwave ? 
I am not sure if this issue will return periodically , one silver lining my traction light hasn’t come on in last few days 😳

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55 minutes ago, agentdr8 said:

The latch is probably binding somewhere and not allowing for a complete unlock. Try manually manipulating the door lock pin up and down while trying the interior door handle. 

If it still won't open, there are very few options left to get the door open when the latch won't budge. I have a write-up on LT about one such method. 

Thanks Dave for the reply and link however I am good enough to attempt the fix you had written up so brilliantly 

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Hi All

I'm a new Evora owner:yes: and I have the same issue with the driver's door lock - except my car doesn't have the pins in the doors mentioned above (2014 NA manual)...

Is it really a matter of taking off the trim and lubricating everything, or is there a better solution now?

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On 04/12/2021 at 03:55, RedS4 said:

Hi All

I'm a new Evora owner:yes: and I have the same issue with the driver's door lock - except my car doesn't have the pins in the doors mentioned above (2014 NA manual)...

Is it really a matter of taking off the trim and lubricating everything, or is there a better solution now?

Further details on my Evora 400 removed trim check all connectors all ok and sprayed areas mentioned still no improvement seems it thinks the door open got a Lock latch L/H side on order from B&C. Parts but not coming until January .

is the anyway possible that Lotus have these in stock 😉

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If they got l/ h one in stock are have it please .

be interesting went through this with my NA but have got a spare Right hand side window unit as I replaced it with a new one but it was the lock that was faulty.

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Well I can now report that the problem persists...  I am now trying to decide whether to go back to the dealer or tear down the door myself...  Has anyone done this and how difficult is it?

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RedS4 my door lock/unlock problem persisted intermittently until I finally ended up taking it to a mechanic who had to replace several components of the locking system in the door. My local Lotus dealer originally inspected the problem and came back with a quote of almost $1,500. My mechanic ended up doing it for around $900. It was a very annoying problem because my key fob would only unlock the passenger door so I would have to climb in the passenger side, manually unlock the driver's door and then get in the driver side.

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