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Old 03-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default How To: Replacing Crew Cab Door Lock Actuators

Hey guys, well like many of you probably have, my door locks were very weak and took three or four times to lock or unlock my doors. Well I got sick of it and decided to try and replace mine. There was no write up really that I found so I gave it a shot.

I just ordered this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fits-Ford-Me...ef6ea9&vxp=mtr for my front two doors to make sure that was the problem. I took off the door pannel and found the bracket that the actuator was attached to. There is kind of a rivet that holds it on that I just hit in with a hammer and pried it off with a screwdriver (First picture, one on the right). Then you need to get the electical wires off the braket, just pulled on those and came off. Also unplug them from the old actuator. Now you need to get the metal u shaped hanger that comes out of the top of the actuator out of the connector that attaches the rod to the lock (Second picture). I just bent the hanger and twisted it every way I could to get it to come out since a new one comes with the kit. Then the old actuator should be out. You need to take the bracket off of the old actuator by prying it off (Third picture) and put it on the new one over the groves above my thumb (Fourth picture). Hook the new hanger where you took the old one off of, then attach the new actuator to it. Line up the notch from the bracket through the hole in the door along with the hole where you took off the rivet. Get a new bolt and stick it through that hole and tighten up. Plug back in the electrical and see the magic! So much of a difference, glad I did it!!! Any questions let me know Ill try and answer them for you.
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Was it that bad?! haha
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do you know what size bolt you used to replace the rivet?
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3/8" I believe
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Hey guys, sorry to bring back an old thread but I'm stuck on this one. I'm doing the actuator on my drivers door. I got the Dorman replacement and with it came several of the rods that connect the actuator to the lock. Im just wondering if anyone knows which one to use, and how to connect them by the lock. I can't get the one I think it it's since there's not enough space inside the door. Looking for anyone who knows our had done this before. Thanks again.
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Take the old one out then use the rod that is the same size and shape as the old one
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