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Old 09-11-2015, 06:10 AM   #1
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This morning, while driving into work, I stopped off at a convience store. When I returned to my 99 SL2 HCE, 178k, the key fob would not unlock the doors. I was able to get in using the key; however, shortly after getting back on the road, the locks started a perpetual clicking, as if they were stuck in a lock/unlock cycle, but the locks weren't actually locking or unlocking. This eventually stopped. The lock/unlock buttons inside the car are no longer working, but I can use the lock/unlock tab to lock the doors. If I push the lock or unlock buttons inside, the perpetual clicking starts up again, but does eventually stop. Any suggestions/thoughts? Also, I'm supposed to visit my kids in Atlanta tomorrow (driving from SC), will it be a good idea to drive my Sadie? Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-11-2015, 07:21 AM   #2
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Pop out the lock/unlock buttons on each door (flat tip screwdriver shoved in at the bottom and pry out), one at a time, and unplug it. When the clicking from the locks goes away you've found the broken switch, which is generally the driver's door switch.

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Old 09-11-2015, 07:55 AM   #3
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^ I agree but I think the driver's door lock switch should be disconnected temporarily. A worn out switch has been found the cause of cycling door lock solenoids that can contribute to discharging a car battery. Using manual locks for a few days to be sure the cycling locks don't come back can confirm a worn out switch. Some members were able to disassemble and clean their switches for reuse.

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Old 09-11-2015, 08:24 AM   #4
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Some members were able to disassemble and clean their switches for reuse.
There's plastic safe electronics parts cleaner that could be of benefit.

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Old 09-11-2015, 08:24 AM   #5
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Having replaced both these switches on my sons 2002 SL2, they are fairly easy to replace and pricewise they are are about $36.00 apiece from the dealer.
The part numbers are 21023580 for the passenger switch and 21023581 for the drivers side.
After fitting them, I decided to open up the old switches and try and determine what causes them to click. The switch boxes are just clipped together with plastic clips. Easy to open up and close back. Here's what I found.
Many rocker switches have a spring to give the switch its 'rock'. Saturn in their wisdom use a small piece of foam instead. So you have this centrally hinged plastic rocker piece with the contacts behind. Keeping this rocker piece vertical is the piece of foam. The springiness in the foam keeps the switch vertical. However, over time this foam begins to loose its springiness and flattens outs. So the switch will no longer return to the normal place, instead it will 'sit' on the contacts and hence the clicking.
I had already bought the new switches before finding this out, but having seen how they are made, a small piece of foam about 1/4" thick cut to the same shape as the original foam and you will put the switch to new. The foam will also cost a little less than $72.00 for 2 new switches.
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Old 09-12-2015, 12:42 PM   #6
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This morning, while driving into work, I stopped off at a convience store. When I returned to my 99 SL2 HCE, 178k, the key fob would not unlock the doors. I was able to get in using the key; however, shortly after getting back on the road, the locks started a perpetual clicking, as if they were stuck in a lock/unlock cycle, but the locks weren't actually locking or unlocking. This eventually stopped. The lock/unlock buttons inside the car are no longer working, but I can use the lock/unlock tab to lock the doors. If I push the lock or unlock buttons inside, the perpetual clicking starts up again, but does eventually stop. Any suggestions/thoughts? Also, I'm supposed to visit my kids in Atlanta tomorrow (driving from SC), will it be a good idea to drive my Sadie? Thanks in advance.
FetchitFido is correct. I JUST had this same thing happen to me about 3 weeks ago....it freaked me out. It was the DS switch. It had a noticeable difference in resistance (much less) when the buttons were pressed in, compared to the PS switch.

floridasl22002 is probably recommending new OEM switches at that price. But I purchased one made by Dorman for MUCH less than $36. They can be found on RockAuto, E-bay, or Amazon....for less than $20 with shipping I would think. The Dorman one looks and functions like an original....no problems at all

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Old 09-12-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
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I had this issue on one of my sl2s and it killed my battery. I got mine from a semi local salvage yard for $20 and I also found out that both switches are the same. I got a passenger side that was like new and it fit to the drivers side without a problem.

U do not even have to take off the handle, just pry out the switch with a small flat screwdriver.

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:38 AM   #8
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Just wanted to say thank you for all the advice on this problem. I had not gotten around to pulling the driver's side power lock switch until last night. Of course, this was after Sadie had sat for three days while I was out of town, and the issue had drained the battery, which had me driving my girlfriend's Ford Fusion yesterday. Well, last night, I pulled the switch and the issue went away. Now, I'm just waiting delivery of a new switch from Advance Auto Parts, but Sadie is working just fine today. Again, thanks for the advice.

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Old 10-25-2016, 06:41 PM   #9
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Yes, the LH switch is only $13.39 from Amazon or Advance Auto Parts. Dorman 901-135. Also found the OEM bagged part 21023581 (10/25/2016) on ebay for $16.00. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can have the switch in two days, free shipping.

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