Trucks & Trailers - Ford Door Lock Actuators....a DIY job? Yes.

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03-21-2011, 07:11 AM
It seems that vehicles over a few years old have door locks that stop operating when you try to unlock or lock the car/truck. The Excursion I bought had four that weren't working.

(On a side note, I wonder whether the first one to mal-function creates an electrical spike in the others that cause them to fail one at a time like dominoes, too.)

Anyway, for those of you that have this happen, you can get them fixed by the shop @ $100/ door, or you can DIY for less than $20/door. 15 minutes per door is a good average and no special tools are required.

The actuators are available on eBay, and I'm real happy to have a truck that locks and unlocks again!

03-21-2011, 01:30 PM
Anybody with Ford truck door lock actuator problems, this is a good read.

03-21-2011, 02:37 PM
If you have your truck long enough the power windows will go South as well. $359 to replace a "regulator". I hope a do it yourselfer will post about how to change these also.

03-21-2011, 07:23 PM
cazador, are you talking about the window shuddering about mid point of the up or down cycle?

03-21-2011, 07:56 PM
Anybody with Ford truck door lock actuator problems, this is a good read.

My 01 PSD has the same issue as described here. I've just been using the key to get in, but if I can fix it with a piece of tin foil, I am all over that! No only for the cost savings but there is the cool factor of fixing something with tin foil.

03-22-2011, 11:41 AM
I recently fixed all four doors on my 1999 F350 crew. It really is an easy fix, but it took me about 3 hours to do all four. I started on the passengers side and then when I moved over to the drivers side, I had to relearn the feel as I had to use my left hand on that side. The tin foil works.

Another tip on these fords is the dome light will sometime stay on: spray WD-40 on the latch on all doors and it should fix it. Don't ask how, but it works.

04-02-2011, 12:56 PM
I finally got around to doing this. It was more of a pain getting the thing out than I anticipated, but I got it done and yes it worked.

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