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Broken/stuck/frozen driver door lock; cost to repair?

What can I expect to pay for repair +/or replace a damaged driver-side electrical door lock on my 1984 Merc. Grand Marq?

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It may be a simple as lubrication, to get it moving again. Can you hear it thump at all when you hit switch?
(credentials= 37 years of greasy hands )

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