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Old 06-16-2017, 06:57 PM #16
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2013 fail

My second door actuator just went out.
Dealership said it happens a lot.
Anyone thought of looking in to a lawsuit?
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My second door actuator just went out.
Dealership said it happens a lot.
Anyone thought of looking in to a lawsuit?
For what? I'll be honest I see door lock actuator failures in Toyotas. But it's not a common thing. I've seen them in 3rd gens, early Corollas, new Corollas, Tacomas, Tundras, Highlanders, ect.

The usual common denominator for most common/re-occuring failures seems to be if you clean or have your vehicle cleaned and people spray chemicals all over the interior of the vehicle (key here being re-occurring failures, though I see most one-time, high-mileage, failures just from the motor giving out or a spring going missing). I guess door lock actuators don't like chemicals in their inner workings?

Not sure that's the answer for everyone's issues, but honestly my 4th gen has't had a single door lock failure in it's 130k history. So I'm sure it's a desgn defect as much as just shit luck for some people. There is a small possibility that voltage drop/low battery could play a factor in that as well, but trying to parse data for that is pretty hard.
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I had all mine replaced under extended warranty about 8 years ago. They are all still working fine, even with auto lock enabled. Must have been a design improvement along the way.
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Don't spend the $100+ dollars on a new actuator. It's just the motor (most times) in the actuator that has gone bad. You can get replacement motors online for $10.
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EZ fix for opening the door to remove actuator unit

OK, so I had the driver's door actuator go out on my 2004 4runner. Of course, it failed with the door closed and NONE of the yanking cables type attempts would allow me to open the door latch.

So....

1. Removed the lower back seat (optional but makes it easier to take out the front seat and sit on the floor) and then the driver seat.

2. Removed the screws from the interior door panel, pried and propped it open as far as I could.

3. Unhooked the cables from the handle unit.

4. Drilled a 1/2" access hole centered 7/8" below the lower edge of the latch opening bracket (you can see it between the door and the door post) and as close as I could to the door post moulding. This hole goes through the sheet metal and into the plastic case ~1/4". See attached pictures.

5. Stuck a flat tip screw-driver in the access hole and pushed/pried up the release lever while pushing on the door.

QED (a mathematician's version of "got 'er dun")

BTW-I deviated from the typical replacement procedures by:
1. I left the rod that is connected to the exterior handle attached at top and just slid it back into the new actuator.

2. I did not remove the window track. Instead I just unbolted it then held it in position while a wiggled the old unit out and the new unit back in.
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Question BOTH driver and passenger autolocks not working

I JUST bought a 2007 4Wd SR5. Beautiful car. 122K miles. Thought key fob battery was dead, replaced battery. Nope, front driver and passenger autolocks not working. Whether itís key fob or inside lock control buttons, front and passenger have to be locked manually, either via key on outside or hand on inside. 3 back doors work with key fob and interior button controls. Car beeps when unlock button is engaged on key fob, nothing happens when lock button is engaged on key fob.

Suggestions???
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How on earth were you able to get the door panel off with it trapped between the door and the frame of the car on the side and the bottom? I have the same problem.
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