Access, safety, and security inside your automobile are made easy by your automobile doors. But they are not lone parts; they are equipped with working components that need maintenance all the time. One of these is the door lock switch- the ?actuator' of all vehicle door functions. When it fails, all those functions are compromised so restore them by installing a direct-fit replacement.
Knowing your door lock switch and its appropriate replacement
Manual. Automobiles with manual door locks have switches with indicators of pull or push types. The good thing about this type is that you have full control of your doors, and you can always convert it to a power-lock type.
Power lock. Automotive doors with power lock switches are the types that can be locked and unlocked with a remote control. This type is still categorized into two:
- Power lock door with external switch. This switch can be opened manually or with a remote, making it the better choice if you are planning to convert your manual switch.
- Vacuum system. Whenever a door lock switch is absent from your door or arm rest, what you have is a vacuum-lock system. The problem with this type is that it can't be used again when it fails, until you get it fully restored, making a less effective choice if upgrading your manual switch.
Identifying switch types by manufacturer
Type A. Mostly American brands like GM and Chrysler. The door lock wires of this switch are located at the driver's kick panel. This can be activated using the chassis ground, so it's easy to use but not so safe from thieves. You can convert it with the use of direct-fit replacements in the market.
Type B. Mostly import vehicles and some new Ford models. The wires of the switch are at the driver's kick panel and can be energized with the use of +12v electrical power. Its configuration is simple but requires power from your battery to use. It is more secure from auto thieves and is a better choice of switch type.
Type C. All-American makes. Switch wires are at the kick panel of the driver, and the switch is activated by the side master switch of the vehicle. It is more secure from auto theft and is the best type of car door switch.
What to consider:
The fit to ensure compatibility with your make and model.
The electrical requirement to keep your vehicle from overload concerns.