Remote Central Locking - Pilote G742 - 2012

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  1. The Dude

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    We collected our new (to us) Plilote last week. During our checks we reported that the central locking wasn't working. The dealer checked it and said it was probably because the cab battery was low (rubbish!!). Drove it away to a nearby site to familiarise ourselves with it - central locking didn't work again. Called the dealer to report it. Took it back to dealer yesterday who said it was the fuse for the central locking, they replaced it, everything worked fine, and they gave us a spare fuse just in case! Well, the next time we came to lock it the central locking didn't work again. Hubby has replaced the fuse and it currently works.
    Now, it's fairly obvious to me that it's going to happen again (I'm now going out to bulk buy some 25 amp fuses) so I'm racking my brains to think what could have caused it.
    The Pilote has a Autoclose safety function which locks all the doors when the van has reached 20 mph. This clicked in each time we were driving when the central locking was working. We have now disabled this via the Pilote menu options just in case this was the problem. Also each time we drove away when the central locking was working we got a message that the passenger cab door wasn't properly close. Closing the door more forcefully got rid of the message. Now I'm wondering if this is what caused the fuse to blow.
    Sorry - a bit of a long winded explanation but wondering if anyone else has come across this or can make any suggestions. We do not have time to go back to the dealer before our extended trip away so I would really like to be able to solve this one quickly. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Try ringing either Hayes Leisure or John's Cross - both main Pilote dealers - to see if they might have a fairly quick answer?
     
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  3. Lenny HB

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    Fuses blow for a reason, because there is a fault, one of the central locking solenoids is probably sticking or the mechanism it operates is not moving freely causing a solenoid to draw more current.
    I would not use the central locking until it has been fixed I wouldn't want to hear about your Motorhome going up in smoke. Once the dealer has fixed it do check the fuse to make sure they haven't just fitted a bigger fuse.
     
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    A 25A fuse won't blow if a solenoid sticks - not that solenoids are used much anyway - you need to look for a fault between the central locking unit and it's fuse. Cab door slam would not be the cause. If the fault occurs whether you're using the central locking or not then it's vehicle movement that's causing a wiring short. As lennyhb says I'd leave the fuse out unless you're actively engaged in trying to find the fault - a short circuit sufficient to blow that fuse is also sufficient to cause a fire. Dealers (and I'm generalising here) are useless at electrical fault finding. You need a specialist who installs / repairs vehicle electrics for a living.
     
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