Question about 2004 Toyota Sienna
Last night, I tried to close each of the side doors with the remote, and there was no response. I then tried using the buttons in the interior of the van, but these did not cause a response either. I am now opening and closing the side doors the old-fashioned way --- manually!
Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can try to do to restore the electronic operation of the doors?
Surprisingly, the rear liftgate DOES work from the remote and from the buttons in the interior of the van.
Sounds like the most likely cause is the electronic lock actuator is bad. will have to take door panel appart to check.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
If not power locks, the only way I know of to get in there is to go through the panel. If you are completely unable to open it, that's the only way!!! There are enough jeeps in the boneyards so that availabiltiy of the panel should be good and you may even be able to match colour. Since this is not a "running" problem, you can take your time finding one you want. In removal, I always try what you might call careful destruction, in that I dont go at it with hammers etc. this ensures that no internal damage is done. Sometimes making a small hole and enlarging it 'till you can gain access to lock mechanism is all you need to do. There is a lot of sheet metal behind the plastic panel, so after cutting in one location, try to enlarge hole towards an access hole in the inside panel. Use care when reaching through the hole...Inner sheet metal is sharp and can give you a bad cut if not careful!!!
hope this helps!
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
Might be similar - might not. I occasionally have this problem and a problem with closing at times. really bugs me as I cant recreate the problem. Here's what i do ( electronically unlock the door, then manually unlock and relock ( big tab at eye height on the door ) try, open door manually , close and repeat.
Not sure why it does this - but I think I have done this routine a dozen times over the years and something in the sequence gets it all thinking straight again. best of luck to you.
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
It is not that hard to fix. Actuater is sold as part of the assembly. You can't just replace it by itself. Order the part online for a lot less than dealer. I learned that when the passenger side did the same thing a couple months later and I saved $150 on line. Remove the inside door panel. Remove lock assembly from door. Remove door handle.
Posted on Apr 24, 2009
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