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Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:55 am
by 121gigawatts
Anyone have the automatic lock/unlock sensors in the door handle stop working? Mine works half the time, and lately not at all. I changed the batteries in my fobs with no luck.

Its under warranty, but thought I'd ask. I have an apt set up with Ford tomorrow.

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:02 am
by jmueller065
A common problem with those (they are used on just about every Ford these days).

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:43 am
by 121gigawatts
jmueller065 wrote:A common problem with those (they are used on just about every Ford these days).
Are they just going to break after being replaced? Is this a fruitless effort?

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:47 am
by jmueller065
Good question that I can't answer. We have 1 Ford now with those same sensors and its still working (I think--our son drives the car now and he hasn't complained about them).

On that car (a 2014 Escape) they sometimes work and sometimes doesn't work.

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:38 pm
by Akua
I LOVE washing my car in the summer time (with the key in my pocket) and I hear "click, click, click, click" as I wash the door..
hehehe

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:12 pm
by mdfocus
Try changing battery again. Use a brand name battery like Eveready or Duracell. Have had no name ones not work new from the store.

2013 ffe
2013 c-max

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:35 am
by Anti_Climax
I see this behavior cyclicly in the winter. Doesn't get crazy cold in AZ but there seems to be a correlation between lower outdoor temps and the door lock sensors not reliably triggering with proximity.

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:02 pm
by 121gigawatts
Anti_Climax wrote:I see this behavior cyclicly in the winter. Doesn't get crazy cold in AZ but there seems to be a correlation between lower outdoor temps and the door lock sensors not reliably triggering with proximity.
I think you're on to something, because they've been working flawlessly in the 20's-30's. I had issues in single digits.

Re: Auto door handle sensor not working

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:50 am
by davideos
If someone else has their hand on another door handle, that will keep the driver (person with the key) from being able to open their door....at least on my 2012. I don't think that's the case here, but thought I'd mention it just in case.