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No one can accuse you of being a worrywart when you've got car doors that refuse to stay locked. Even if you carry around all your valuables instead of leaving them in your car, there's still that nagging feeling that your car is vulnerable to theft and looting-and you'd be right. The only way to brush your worries aside is to keep your Door Lock Actuator functioning well. This component is essential to locking and unlocking your car doors. When this lock actuator stops working, you'll experience difficulty entering and exiting your vehicle cabin. Worse, you'll also leave your car open to the threat of theft. One way to avoid experiencing these problems is to have your actuator lubed periodically. This helps ensure that the actuating unit won't seize up or give out due to regular use. On the other hand, if your actuator is already broken, then it's certainly important to have it fixed as soon as possible. If the lock actuator is damaged beyond repair, then your best recourse is to replace it. There are a lot of replacement door lock actuators on the market. To find an actuator that's compatible with your car, consult your vehicle manual before buying anything. Once you know the type of Door Lock Actuator that will work best with your ride's door mechanism, check out our online catalog here at Auto Parts Warehouse. We've got a wide selection of quality replacement lock actuators. Buy one today and guarantee easy entry into the cabin and security for your car!
Selecting a Door Lock Actuator that Matches Your Ride
Do you often find yourself locked in or locked out of your car because your power locks won't work? If you've had it with faulty door locks, it's about time you replace your door lock actuators. Here are a few things you have to remember when shopping for a new door lock actuator.
2-wire door lock actuator vs. 5-Wire door lock actuator
If you're more of a control freak and you want to have access to all of your doors' locks, then a 5-wire door lock actuator is a good start. Basically, a 5-wire actuator allows you to manually lock or unlock all your doors just by fiddling with the lock of your front door. This kind of system allows you to have more control over all your door locks, saving you time on locking/unlocking each of your doors separately. Another kind of a door lock actuator system is the 2-wire actuator. Unlike the 5-wire, a 2-wire door lock actuator allows you to control all your doors separately. Do you want to unlock your rear-passenger door to let someone out? With a push of a button, you can unlock that specific door without having to unlock all doors. A 2-wired door look actuator gives you better flexibility when it comes to handling your door locks.
Choosing the right door lock actuator
Aside from choosing between a 2-wire and a 5-wire door lock actuator, you should also check your car's compatibility with the actuator before purchasing it. If you're changing from a 5-wire to a 2-wire actuator, you'll need to mount push button switches to your car. This push button system allows you to control the locks on all other doors separately, with each door having a separate button or switch. But if you're planning to go with a 5-wire actuator, there isn't much need for push button switches. Also check if all the other parts of your door lock system are working perfectly before getting an actuator. Some problems you might be experiencing with your door locks may not be caused by a faulty actuator. Installing a new actuator without checking the entire door lock system will just result in the same damage.
Purchasing OEM parts from trusted brands
Offers from online suppliers of car parts are very enticing, and their cheap prices serve as an addictive drug for car owners on a budget. Since you don't really know what you're getting, it's still best to get OEM parts from trusted brands and suppliers. Non-OEM parts are cheaper for a reason--they are made of substandard materials. Some of the complaints from generic door lock actuators is that gears and pins are very fragile and can cause dislodging or misalignment inside the actuator. It's better to pay more for your parts and get the most out of them. It is not worth the cost of replacing them over and over again.
How to Replace Your Door Lock Actuator
Power locks are supposed to help you lock your doors without pushing them down yourself, making it very easy and convenient. But if you can no longer lock your doors using the remote in your keys, it's a definite sign that your door lock actuator is broken or had short-circuited. Here are a few easy steps on how to replace your door lock actuator to bring back the power in your power locks):
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Things you'll need:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Trim tool
- Socket set
- New door lock actuator
Step 1: Using a trim tool, remove the window and lock buttons from the door panel to expose your door lock system and its wiring. Manually disconnect each switch or button from the wiring harness and set this aside. Some switches or buttons might require you to pry or screw them off. Use a Philips screwdriver to carefully remove them.
Step 2: Unscrew your door panel loose to remove it from the door. Pull the door panel to separate it from the car's door completely.
Step 3: Locate the wiring connector that is attached to your faulty door lock actuator and unclip it for easy access to your actuator. If your door actuator is screwed on, simply unscrew the actuator to release it. If it is held in place by a bracket, push in the arm of the actuator and disconnect it from the harness.
Step 4: Install your new door lock actuator in place. Using your hands, hook the door lock actuator onto the latch rod found on the inside of your door. Secure the actuator in place using the bolts you removed from the old one. Clip back the wiring connector to the body of the actuator.
Step 5: Test your door lock actuator using your key remote. Once you're sure all is working perfectly, reassemble the plastic shield and the door pane to secure everything in place.