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Power door lock assemblies (actuators) failing

Anyone else out there having issues with their power door lock actuators? My 14.5 SE is only 15 months old, and I've already had both front door actuators replaced. They would work intermittently, and sometimes be dead as a doornail for a day or two - then work fine again. I could see one going, but two? Maybe a bad batch of actuators on the assembly line that day?
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I think this has been a problem with Toyota for a while. I've replaced literally every single one of the door lock actuators on my brother's 02 SE. All 4 went out in a 12 month period...at $200+ a piece.

I would say it's only strange because yours went out so soon. Them going out seems to be just what happens w/ Toyota.

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Wonder if somewhere a wire is pinched in the door loom or something. If it happens again I'd have them check the wiring harness for integrity before putting new actuators in; I drove tons of off rental late model Toyotas at work and never saw an issue; I want to say I've seen one on this forum but can't be sure. Does opening/closing the door impact operation? That is really weird; search some other forums too, as the part seems to be used in most Toyota products produced in the last 6-7 years (Matrix, RAV4, Tundra, Highlander, Corolla, Sienna, Venza, Sequoia) so if other people are having issues with the part itself it should be easy to find.

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The part that usually fails is like a $3 gear actuator inside the door lock actuator. On the Tundra forum there is talk about people buying the gear on ebay and fixing theirs that way when out of warranty.

We opted to just replace the whole thing. 4 times.

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No problems on my 14.5 SE
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There was definitely another user on here that also had to replace all four. Maybe Cspaced? I think it started with a "C".

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I turned off the feature where all of the door lock actuators lock when you shift into gear and unlock when you shift into park. You can do this from the center console. I figure that this puts unnecessary wear and tear on the door lock actuators. Especially, considering that I am usually driving alone.

I have not had to replace any on my 2012 Camry SE yet. I have replaced two on my 2005 Sienna LE, but it was after 10 years.
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There was definitely another user on here that also had to replace all four. Maybe Cspaced? I think it started with a "C".
Well at least I know I'm not going crazy thinking that at least one other person had this issue.
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There was definitely another user on here that also had to replace all four. Maybe Cspaced? I think it started with a "C".
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Well at least I know I'm not going crazy thinking that at least one other person had this issue.
Haha, yea I think it was him. You're not crazy

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You could still be crazy, I don't know. But I figured he'd see this and chime in, which is why I was waiting to post, but he never did.
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My 2012 Camry has had no issues with the actuators. I just replaced the Drivers Door Lock actuator on my Daughter's Hyundai, (10 years old) Took about an hour and cost $50 for OEM on EBay.
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the actuator problems might be the small motor inside the unit. has anyone taken apart the unit in the 2012+ camry? i'm pretty sure the unit is similar to the one in the celica where a user rebuilt his by cleaning the mini motor comm and brushes. cost = free. the only con i see is it is time consuming and taking off door panels is not for everyone. diy link below

http://www.newcelica.org/forums/showthread.php?t=335506
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I had all four of mine done last year within a 6 month period. First one they replaced under warranty with no issue when I brought it in for an oil change.The second and third ones died within a week of each other shortly after that and I had to fight them on replacing those under my warranty. They said one they could understand going but not the others all being faulty too and it must've been from something I did. I had all my work done at the dealership except my remote starter so of course that is what they blamed "It must be shorting the wires". Eventually I won and it was all about getting to the right customer service person who helped me out and agreed with me that there was clearly a bad batch or something. The 4th, needless to say, they just did under warranty with no fight.

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I turned off the feature where all of the door lock actuators lock when you shift into gear and unlock when you shift into park. You can do this from the center console. I figure that this puts unnecessary wear and tear on the door lock actuators. Especially, considering that I am usually driving alone.

I have not had to replace any on my 2012 Camry SE yet. I have replaced two on my 2005 Sienna LE, but it was after 10 years.
Just food for thought....on my last car (03 Acura TL Type S), both my rear door lock actuators failed around the same time. The car was about five years old. This was around the time the wife and kids came along. Before that, there was no reason to unlock all the doors. When I told the service rep. that I pretty much never unlock the rear doors, he told me that's exactly why they failed - lack of use. Pressing the unlock button on my fob only once for years (which unlocks the driver's door only) did them in. I guess analogy would be the parking brake. I use it every time I park on even the slightest incline/decline. Those who never use it are more likely to have it not work when they need it.
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