Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Lock Actuator

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Door Lock Actuator

Common signs include unusual noises coming from inside the car door and the power door locks not working or behaving erratically. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Car Door Lock Actuator Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Volkswagen Jetta $259 $188.76 $70.00 12% $296.26
2014 Ford F-150 $234 $108.44 $126.00 22% $301.94
2003 Hyundai Accent $245 $119.33 $126.00 21% $312.83
2013 Infiniti M56 $454 $328.35 $126.00 12% $521.85
2013 Lincoln MKT $139 $13.47 $126.00 32% $206.97
2003 Porsche 911 $515 $389.47 $126.00 11% $582.97
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Door Lock Actuator?

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Door lock actuators are an electronic component found on vehicles equipped with power door locks. They are the electronically controlled actuators in every single door that are responsible for locking and unlocking the power door locks when the switches are pressed. When they fail or have issues, they can disable the power door lock feature, which can be a major inconvenience to the driver. Usually a bad or failing power door lock actuator will produce a few symptoms that can notify the driver of an issue that should be serviced.

1. Unusual noises coming from inside the door

Unusual noises coming from inside the door are one of the first symptoms of a potential problem with a power door lock actuator. Most power door locks operate using gears or motors that may quietly whir, or make noise when they operate. Those noises are normal. However, if the noise suddenly becomes louder or more pronounced, then this may be an indicator that the gears or motor are becoming worn out. The noises may get louder until the actuators eventually fail.

2. Power door locks behave erratically

Another symptom of a potential problem with the power door lock actuators are door locks that behave erratically. If the actuators have any sort of internal or wiring issue, it may cause them to rapidly lock and unlock unexpectedly, or cause them to function intermittently.

3. Power door locks do not function

Another symptom of a potential problem with the door lock actuators are power door locks that do not function. If the door lock actuators fail, they will disable the power door lock feature from working. This will require the driver to use the key to lock or unlock the doors, and can disable the power door locks completely for vehicles that do not use a traditional key, such as newer luxury vehicles.

The power door lock actuators are a simple component, but are critical to the operation of the power door locks - which are among the most commonly used features of any vehicle. For this reason, if you suspect that one or more of your power door lock actuators may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic to determine if you need a door lock actuator replacement.

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Cesar

6 years of experience
215 reviews
Cesar
6 years of experience
Great Service!
2011 DODGE CHALLENGER - DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT) - REDMOND, WASHINGTON

Mark

21 years of experience
60 reviews
Mark
21 years of experience
This was my first time using the service. Mark showed up a little early which was great. Very friendly and courteous. Extremely knowledgeable and very diligent. He explained everything and made sure I was completely satisfied with the job he did before he left. Great guy, great work. Will definitely use him again.
2009 HONDA ODYSSEY - DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT) - WARRENVILLE, ILLINOIS

Patrick

12 years of experience
254 reviews
Patrick
12 years of experience
Patrick was a very friendly and helpful mechanic who was able to fix my 2 door lock actuators with ease. Highly recommended. Much better experience then taking my vehicle to the dealership.
2007 HONDA CR-V - DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE FRONT, PASSENGER SIDE REAR) - ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

Duane

22 years of experience
323 reviews
Duane
22 years of experience
I couldn't be happier with my service with Duane. Prompt service, great to work with and an excellent result. He was able to install my new actuators and now the door locks work as good as new. I'd definitely go back to Duane with any other issues on my car.
2006 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - DOOR LOCK ACTUATOR REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT, PASSENGER SIDE FRONT) - SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

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