2001 VW Jetta Door Locks – Trunk and Windows Stopped Working

Reader Question I have a 2001 TDI Jetta which is doing the craziest thing. None of my windows roll down, the car no longer automatically locks when I put it in drive, but I can lock them manually, and my trunk is locked and can not be opened with the remote, manually by the key or the trunk release button.

Do you have any idea what could be wrong? All of my fuses including the master fuses above the battery are good. Thank you for your help.

Hi there,

I think I remember a similar issue with a Jetta we had in my shop a few years ago and I want to say there is a “re-programming” operation that needs to be done to correct the problem.

We had to do a few things…”Turn key on, open driver door, press door lock 4 times etc. etc. etc” I do not remember all that we had to do, but the VW Dealership or a shop that is familiar with VW should be able to look this up in their repair manuals and perform the operation.

I sold my repair shop a few years ago and do not have access to the manuals anymore. I think I would visit the VW dealer if I were in your shoes, it will probably be the fastest and cheapest route to take unless you have a VW specialist close by.


Austin Davis

Reader Follow Up


Here are a few things that I found out….there is a fuse #14 that is 7.5 amps (which I found out is usually the culprit). I thought that my husband and his friend checked all of them, but they must have missed that one.

I did try replacing it based on a recommendation from a friend of a friend who works at VW, but it turns out that was the culprit due to the fact that my dome light had a short in it.

But, another thing that it could be for others is the comfort control module. Thank goodness it wasn’t that because the part is 360.00 and the computer needs to be re programmed also. I got away cheap only 139.00


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