When it comes to cars, manual has long been out of date, while automatic becomes more preferred by discriminating drivers like you. One part of your car that can be controlled automatically is the door. Opening and closing your doors is just easy, for they now have an internal electrical component called an actuator that lets you lock or unlock the door latch by just pressing an operating button. This door lock actuator is a motor that reacts to polarity and consequently produces a push or a pull of the door latch. Even if you do not fully understand its mechanism, what you need to know is that you must have quality door lock actuators on your vehicle. Let us see if a replacement type will make your door lock operate at its best.
- Blade-type actuator
- With 2-prong male terminal
- Original equipment replacement
- New component
- Comes with a year of unlimited-mileage warranty
We tested this component on a Ford Thunderbird and a Mercury Topaz, and here is what we have to say:
- The component looked good. The housing had a seal that tightly kept the other part of the shell (where the motor and linkages were located) secure.
- The male terminals were unmovable and secure from where they stuck out of the actuator assembly. They were equidistant from each other and had the same height.
- After the installation of the door lock actuator, the door of the Thunderbird and the Topaz responded accordingly. We experienced a flawless operation of the door of each vehicle.
- This is one of the cheapest units you can buy out there.
- The actuator was a bit challenging to install since no instructions were provided for connecting the wires. We needed to remove the door panel carefully, take off the boot from the metal part of the door, then slide off the wiring to expose it. The entire procedure surprisingly took about thirty minutes.
- The product did not come with new wires, which would have made the newly installed actuator work better for long.
- The one-year warranty is no match for the three years or lifetime warranty offered by other brands.
This replacement door lock actuator seems to be a good replacement for your problematic or dead ones. If not only for the challenge with the installation, it would have been a worth-it product. Its price is good, but the warranty does not quite get our confidence. Still, your manner of using your door lock will determine the service life of this replacement actuator.