Symptoms of 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.

2. 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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Joseph

27 years of experience
25 reviews
Joseph
27 years of experience
Honda CR-V - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Sacramento, California
Joseph went above and beyond and went our of his way to fix my driver rear door lock. I felt very safe with letting him work on my car.
Honda CR-V - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Roseville, California
Joe was awesome! Great communication, easy to contact. Very thorough and detailed. Pointed out my oil and brake fluid wasn't topped off from a recent oil change and encouraged me to go back! Trustworthy, and provided great service. Definitely on my permanent speed dial for future mechanical needs! Thank you Joe!

Bob

28 years of experience
42 reviews
Bob
28 years of experience
Ford Escape - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Driver Side Front) - La Mesa, California
Bob showed up on time and even was able to come fix my car a day earlier. He was kind and knowledgable. I will request him again and I will recommend him to friends. Thanks Bob!
Mercedes-Benz ML350 - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Del Mar, California
Bob is a true mechanic and not one of the "oil change guys." Performed a difficult repair and did an excellent job.

Robert

18 years of experience
623 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Ford Focus - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Robert is very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Recommends what future needs may be and benefits.

Gustavo

15 years of experience
44 reviews
Gustavo
15 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Door Lock Actuator Replacement (Driver Side Front) - San Antonio, Texas
Great communication and even offered to come earlier if we were available. Polite, started immediately and finished in less than an hour! Trustworthy and in my experience this one better than any repair shop visit.

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