Is there a tidy way to replace central locking on a Transit with manual locks?

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  • Is there a tidy way to replace central locking on a Transit with manual locks?
  • Mrs MTG has recently bought a Transit, mainly for camping duties.
    The central locking doesn’t work quite as it should and, while searching for advice on line, I found that it seems to be a common fault.

    While everyone else is asking how to repair it, we’d rather do away with it altogether. We are both used to older cars, so are in the habit of doing a circuit of the vehicle to check all the doors are locked when parking anyway.

    Is there a neat and tidy way of connecting some sort of flush fitting locks to the mechanism inside the side and rear doors?
    We don’t want big ugly hasp & staples, something that looks similar to the manual key locks on the front doors would be ideal.

    Is there a ready made conversion kit or something I could adapt?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    It would seem to me to be far easier to fix the central locking than to replace with manual!

    Drapoon
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    Woudln’t the easier solution be to disable the central locking function? I guess a garage with access to Fords IDS system could do this. This is assuming there are existing door locks you can use manually?

    gazc
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    what about something like this? bit more discrete than hasp/staple

    That’s the problem, Drapoon, there are no external manual locks on the side and rear doors.

    Molgrips, the central locking seems to be notorious weak point of the Transit.
    Even if I fix it now, there’s a high probability that at some time in the future we will park up somewhere and find we are unable to lock the van.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    It’s still going to be easier…..

    trail_rat
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    take door cards off – see if the fittings are there to fix to.

    chances are the doors will have the fittings , youll just need to source suitable locks and drill a hole.

    if no fittings i would be tempted to fit an aftermarket solenoid kit – ive known people to have great success with some of these kits when the correct replacement lock assemblies have been astronomical and rare.

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