I have done a search on replacing door actuators for my 2005 Highlander, and none appear for a Highlander. There are some in the Lexus blog, and the Toyota Tundra blog, but none here?
Maybe those who read this forum do not make their own repairs, or see this type of repair as too complicated to undertake? One can make a lot of mistakes before they hit $600, eh?
Some forums list a small motor available at e-Bay ($10.00) that fits inside the clamshell door actuator that must be replaced, with two types of motors mentioned, some discuss removing the brass sleeve on the shaft, while others discuss and show how to shorten the shaft to make them fit.
The cost to have the dealer replace the door lock actuator is about $600, with some after market shops willing to replace a single actuator which includes all the cables, etc is $525.
Has anyone here ever replaced the small motor inside the clamshell lock actuator OR do they know if the door lock actuator in a Highlander is the same as one in the FJ Cruiser, or Toyota Tundra. If so, then following their suggestions may make this doable.
If I do hear back from someone here, and do the repairs, I will post .jpg pics of the procedure to remove the door panel, and then replace the motor inside the clamshell door lock acutator.
In case this is a new topic, usually the key fob will unlock and lock doors on the Highlander with the help of the door lock actuator.
Also, has anyone purchased a downloadable motor manual for the Highlander, and if so, do you have a website address for the download?