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Cleaning power locks

Is there a way to clean the locks without taking the door panels off and what is the best way to clean them.

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These lock motors are no serviceable in any way, no matter what the issue the door panels must be pulled to replace them or access them, if they are causing a hard to lock with the key concern the lock motor is defective. Tell me what they are doing and I will try to help.

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How do you remove door panels and replace window regulator on an Intrigue? Answer : For a 2002 Intrigue – Front Passenger I didn’t disconnect battery. You use window switch later to align window tabs to regulator frame – with ignition off power locks work, nothing is exposed.
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Underneath the steering wheel, that plastic trim panel covers your fuse block. In that fuse block is the fuse for Power Locks, or it may be labeled ACC. (Accessories)

Yes, many things besides a blown fuse can cause the power door locks to not work.
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2.Door panel off.
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