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Remote unlock.

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by edglenn, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. edglenn

    edglenn New Member

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    My '97 Escort wagon has a remote keychain that unlocks the driver door, and rear hatch, only. Can I add unlocking hardware on the passenger door?
    Also, did Ford make a security alarm system that is controlled with the keychain remote? When I lock the car, it honks the horn. It also has a Panic button.
    Did they have an accesory alarm system? No mention in owner's manual.

    Thanks.
  2. kuwacs

    kuwacs FEOA Member

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    I added a 5 door power lock kit to my car. You could buy an actuator online for the passenger side. I recommend 2 wire actuators.

    You would just have to wire that actuator to the drivers side actuator. For that I would probe the positive end of a multimeter into the harness for the drivers actuator while grounding the other. Press the lock button. Nothing? Try the next wire and press the lock button. Etc. One of the wires should give you a positive 12v. Take a note of the color.

    Next, keep the multimeter negative probe grounded, and probe the rest of the wires while pressing the unlock button. Again, one of them should give you a positive 12volt. Note that color.

    What you will want to do is trace these two wires through the loom and find where they come into the car. Splice 2 lengths of wire, one to each of the actuator wires. (I like to use speaker wire for this to keep things neat).

    Install the actuator into the door (directions should be included). The tricky part here is getting this new wire into the passenger door. Run it from the drivers side to the passenger side, and try to feed it through the loom. If you can't do this, I used a punch and put a hole in the metal of the door just big enough for the wire. I put a grommet on each side of the wire, and ran that along the bottom of the door frame to keep it from getting snagged on window mechanics.

    Now attach those wires to the ones on the actuator.
    Press the lock button on the remote. Make sure the actuator actually locks the door. If it moved the tab the wrong way, simply swap the wires.

    Once you have that straight. Press the unlock button and make sure that works. Cool? Cool.

    Now step outside the car, and close the door. Press the lock button and make sure the door won't open. Then press the unlock button and make sure the door will actually open. (sometimes they go a little out of adjustment.)

    Assuming everything went smoothly, button it all up and make it look pretty.
  3. edglenn

    edglenn New Member

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    So I can use an actuator from a donor car, and just wire it in?
    OK. Pretty easy, except for installing the hardware.
    Does anyone know about the car alarm? Did Ford make factory alarms?
    I don't want an aftermarket alarm. Defeats the OEM keyfob.
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    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    The alarm I don't know about but I did add extra actuators to all the doors in my 97 wagon. I used aftermarket ones but now looking back I should have just pulled the OEM ones from a vehicle at the junkyard. You just need to tap some wires at the lock/unlock rely located under the passenger side kick panel. You can even add lock/unlock switches inside the car if you run the wires. The Haynes manual has the wiring diagrams for the system.
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    edglenn New Member

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    Thanks MadMatt.
    Your wagon looks just like mine (SeaFoam Green)! Except I have the factory rims.
    I can hear the relay clicking under the dash on the passenger side, so I can tap right into it. I'll just have to find a donor for the OEM actuator. I've got manual interior locks and cranks, so it should be pretty straightforward.
    I used to install stereos in the '80's so I can route the wires OK.

    Glad to find this forum/website. Didn't even know there was an Escort Club!
  6. SkYp3r

    SkYp3r I Don't Like Spam!

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    That's awesome to know! I carry expensive photo gear, and when a random rainstorm shows up.. packing things up into the truck kinda takes a bit too long (trying to lift the trunk while carrying gear)!
    To add to edglenn's question, can the rear doors also have power locks? All I would have to do is install actuators and tap them to the relay too?
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    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    ^Yep, it was an option and I've installed them on my wagon.
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    SkYp3r I Don't Like Spam!

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    Awesome! now on the search for actuators >:]

    I'm also wondering if there are harness wires already available in the car, All I'd have to do is to bolt on the actuators and plug it in.. Any idea? I might have to pull off a door to find out lol :?
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    Mine didn't have the wiring in the other 3 doors.
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    SkYp3r I Don't Like Spam!

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    Well I'll post up photos if I do have em.. When I installed aftermarket speakers to the car, there was that moisture absorbing mesh thing so i couldn't see if there were wirings.. going to check em out when i get the chance sometime this week
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