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I think i have a bad actuator in my drivers side door. Today when i pressed lock, it just makes this horrible grinding noise, and this noise continues until i let go of the button. worse yet, it makes this noise but the lock does nothing. i have to manually lock it or unlock it using the key.

I am looking to replace the actuator if that is the problem. I can find them fairly easily on ebay.

Are they all the same? I was reading this thread http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=7752 and it sounds like maybe I would need a different one if i want to keep the keypad working. I am really not sure.

Also, how hard is it to replace one? i have tried getting my hands in there, and i can just touch the actuator. How can i get to it easier? Or should i just take it to the body shop and be done with it?

Thanks in advance
 

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I replaced an actuator - once.

For me, it was a struggle, as I couldn't see how to disconnect the actuator rod from the latch. So, I improvised by leaving the riveted brace attached to the actuator in place, removed the actuator from the brace, uncrimped the rod from the actuator motor (new and old) while leaving the rod attached to the latch, recrimped the rod to the new motor, and secured the motor in the brace. I'm not stating that this is the best way, but I had no access to riveting tools.

A detailed procedure is in this thread. It's from the 1997 Service Manual, but the 1994-95 procedure is similar.
 

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It was a little easier than i thought.

1. I simply drilled out the old rivet until the broken actuator came loose.
2. I disconnected the wiring from the old actuator, and pulled the plug out of the door and tested the new one.
3. I unscrewed the window guide, which is held in by some sort of arm with a bolt, and up top it has a slide thing. (not sure what theyre called).
4. I pulled the actuator towards the hood of the car, up and out, and the rod came with it.
5. I used some super glue to glue a nut to the mounting hardware on the actuator, between the unit and the mount. I let it dry.
6. I slid the new actuator rod into place where the old one was.
7. I used a round headed bolt and self-locking screw to attach the new actuator.
8. I tested it, replaced the window guide and tested the window, then replaced the door panel. Simple as that! Theres no need to waste your time with an enormous rivet, and if it goes bad again, you can just unscrew it rather than destroy a rivet that you would have to repurchase.
 
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