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Old 01-22-2019, 01:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, folks. New to this forum, and new to Suzuki ownership unless you count a 600 Bandit. Unfortunately I seem to have bought a 2006 1.5 Swift with a central locking issue. The drivers door unlocks fine with no noise, but when I unlock all doors there is a very disconcerting noise coming (I think mainly) from the driver side rear door. Somewhere between a buzz and a grinding noise.

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Hi, folks. New to this forum, and new to Suzuki ownership unless you count a 600 Bandit. Unfortunately I seem to have bought a 2006 1.5 Swift with a central locking issue. The drivers door unlocks fine with no noise, but when I unlock all doors there is a very disconcerting noise coming (I think mainly) from the driver side rear door. Somewhere between a buzz and a grinding noise.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

John
pull the back door card and clean and lube the locking mechanism, sounds like the central locking units fighting a bit of old grease and crud in the lock. 2009 swift i own did the same thing on the front passengers door. flushed it with brakekleen then applied a decent spray lube (LPS 3? or 2?) from memory, the industrial one anyway. been quiet ever since.
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Thanks GV, that sounds like a nice cheap straightforward fix. Very much appreciate that. Fingers crossed its nothing more. Just out of interest, if you don't mind me asking... any tips for removing the door card. Is there anything to look out for, no hidden surprises or random screws playing hide n seek that you recall?
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I think theres screws hiding in the actual door "handle" sections from memory, definitely is on drivers and passengers, would have to look at the rear doors on mine to confirm. Hopefully its just dirt and dust in the main locking mech causing the issue. At least with it exposed you can have a decent look.

rest are those silly plastic push in clips that invariably pull out of the cardboard and damage it leading to panels that won't stay snug and rattles. I suggest getting a trim removal tool set (pretty cheap and worth the investment) and using the appropriate wide edge tool with the slot in it to get either side of the pin to lever it out of the door, keeping pressure off the panel. First ones the worst, after that gentle pressure on the card allows you to see the next one and pop it out. Patience is the key if you want to avoid damage.

I cut the plastic moisture barrier with a sharp knife then tape it up with 2" pvc tape, if you choose to peel it off the gunk they stick it down with, be careful, it gets EVERYWHERE and is a pain to get off the seats, your hands, clothes and whatever other bits of your anatomy you touch.
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Cheers GV. Hoping its not the actuators, or at least if it is, that those cheap generic ones can be substituted in. Whatever it is it's a pretty loud noise, much more than I'd expect from an actuator just clicking on a bit. Mind you I'm far from an expert. I'm fine to fix things when I know what it is wrong. But diagnosing issues ain't my strong point when it comes to mechanics. I've got a set of trim removal tools. Bought when fitting rear door speakers into my wee Aveo. As you say, I'll just have to go slow and steady, get in there and see what's going on.
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