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Old 08-17-2007, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The dealership told me that I need a new door lock actuator. The remote will not open the door completely. They want an obscene amount of money to to do this. Approximatey $800. I can purchase the part for $227. How hard is this to do myself? How do you acces the part? Does the side panel come off easily?
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i believe its pretty easy, the inner door just pulls off. it is held on by plugs that snap in. then theres a plastic sheet held on by some kind of sticky black sealant. just peel that out of the way, then you should be able to access it pretty easily. mine is broken too, it was making a machine gun noise when i would lock or unlock the doors. so i just went in there and unplugged the actuator so it only works manually now. i think it should be pretty easy to do it yourself, save that money for something else.
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Old 08-18-2007, 05:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Start over, go to http://www.roverlandparts.com/index....S&Category=296
and buy a used one from the from $50 and up and they are guaranteed used parts that have been tested prior to shipping.
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That's awesome. Thanks for the link. I'm just a bit concerned about taking off the panel. Any further details on what and how to do it would much appreciated. Does the speaker need to be removed first? Does it pry off from a certain point? Does reinstall easily? Things of this nature concern me.
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jlonigro: Get yourself a Haynes manual!!! Here are the first few steps to gain access to the locking mechanism/actuator.
1 disconnect battery (this will decommission your radio if you don't prepare first)
2 take off armrest (2 screws)
3 remove door lock handle surround (1 screw)
4 lever off the door trim panel all the way around (screwdriver) & lift up
5 undo the speaker wires & remove the door trim panel
6 peel off the plastic seal

You'll probably destroy some of the plastic fasteners that hold the trim panel on - get replacements at an auto parts store, not the dealer. I've never look at the actuator on our '96 D1 but wonder if this site might be useful:<http://www.flashoffroad.com/Maintenance/DoorLock/doorlock.htm>
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Take it apart first and make sure it's not the circular spring that's broken. Much cheaper fix than anything.
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Direct bolt in replacement for all but driver's side. $5.

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=330-010

Whole kit including driver's side 5 wire: $40.

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=330-013


Don't waste your money on a used one.
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easy fix-did mine in under two hours with used part-use a carpenter flat bar to remove the panel, work your way around slow and comes off easy
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Hi,

The Left rear door lock actuator on my 1999 D1 SD has been 'chattering' any time I lock the doors - I followed the panel removal advice and disconnected the actuator until I would be able to purchase a replacement.

However...

When I did that and then tested the door lock mechanism to ensure the chatter was only coming from the actuator, suddenly (and now persistently) the rear cargo door actuator (which didn't chatter before) is now chattering?

Any insight on this?

(*Note: Chattering is meant to refer to a gear slipping noise coming from the actuator that sounds like a rat-tat-tat-tat-tat whenever the lock is closed)

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Old 10-10-2010, 09:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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my 97 did the same thing. the plastic linkage clip had broken and it allowed too much play. then the rod fell out and i found out that when I thought I was locking the doors. I wasnt. the rear was unlocked for a while before i noticed. simple fix. pull off the rear panel and check the rod clip. also make sure the actuator has not come loose
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