I finally got it put together right, and then installed it wrong didn't get the top part for the lock to line up with the actuator. This makes it impossible for you to lock or unlock your truck's doors without physically inserting your key into the lock cylinder every time you want access to your truck. And it cost me nothing but a few hours of work. I am mechanically inclined and found the whole process except for bending the pins holding the back of the electric motor very easy. The issue is the little motor gets gunked up and no longer has the power to drive.
Your will eventually put the old cap on the new motor but hang on. I just did this fix last weekend and my 'dead' locks are working good as new. I took my time and was careful when oulling apart the door panels and unhooking the actuators. Power locks are no big deal, at least until your toddler tries to open his car door on the highway. Power locks may initially seem like a luxury, but they are a vital part of your car's safety system.
Electrical issues may cause all four doors to fail to lock or unlock. Your Toyota Tacoma door lock actuator wears out if it becomes stuck in one position. Now you can take the gear puller and remove the gear from your old motor and put it on the new one. Remove the screws in the armrest and in front of the door handle to remove the panel. Now attach the old cap to the bottom of the new motor.
If you tear into the actuator assembly, clean the motor's contact points and reassemble, it's good as new. Hope anyone else who has this problem tears apart the actuator before taking it to the stealerships I hear you on that one Cody. The actuator now made a noise which it would never do before but if would not lock the door, then I tried the key which I always used to lock my door. I thought I put it back together correctly and everything seemed to be running smoothly until I put the door panel and everything back on. I called all the local auto parts stores O'Rileys, Napa, Autozone, and no one seems to carry a drivers door actuator.
For car owners with basic mechanical skills, this is an easy replacement process. Having the old bottom cap, remove the square looking metal thing with needle nose pliers. If the locks are not responding to your remote, try replacing the battery in your fob first. I put everything back together and now after almost 5 hours everything is working just fine. Today I finally decided it was time to start working on my drivers door of my 2006 Taco, I started around 1:30 and got the actuator out. Pop off the bottom cap of the new motor.
A new door lock actuator from AutoZone works properly to electrically actuate the assembly. Remove the small metal square thing from the new one motor and carefully put it in the old motor cap the same place you just took out the dead one. AutoZone makes it fast and easy for you to repair your vehicle, thanks to Same Day Store Pickup option. A shroud covers the components, and once you remove it, you can see the actuator. Find replacement Toyota door actuators, fobs, and fob batteries among the vast inventory on eBay to keep you and your family safe. Thanks you for this thread. I fixed both front door actuators in about 2.
After messing around with the stupid clips I finally got it in two pieces. . If the locks are acting up, the problem could be a bad electrical relay, or perhaps the Toyota door actuators need replacing. Remove the the bottom cap off the old motor. Replacement is just a matter of swapping out the old unit for a new one, ensuring that everything goes on the same way you took it off.
This is for my 2001 Toyota Tacoma. Disconnect the electrical connection to the power lock while removing the panel. I pulled the little motor out and cleaned up all the black carbon off of the shaft. The metal thing you just pulled out is dead and thats the main cause of the motor dying. It saved me hundreds of dollars. Get the old motor out of the the actuator.
Now you can put it back in the actuator. The first time I tore apart the actuator, I didn't see where things went and I assembled it incorrectly. So I put it back together and made sure all the rods were in the right place, after adjusting one rod everything still didn't work. This worked wonders for my auto lock and is working like new. That failed as well, so I took everything apart and tried to figure out what was wrong I opened the actuator again and couldn't find anything wrong with it. If individual doors are failing to respond to the fob, it may be a door actuator motor. .