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Drive Door lock only works manually

2004 Toyota Sienna. The electroinic lock/unlock button locks/unlocks all doors except the driver door. Same thing with the keyless remote FOB. I can manually lock/unlock using the switch next to the interior handle or the key. I am guessing it is the electronic door lock motor. If you agree, is this hard to replace? Thanks! Having the same problem at the moment! The dealership said apx $250 to replace the part plus labor.

Still trying to open the housing to see if the problem is fixable with less monetary output!

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  • petunia666 Apr 28, 2009

    Already fixed! My husband disassembled the door lock housing, found the motor and reconfigured it! Reinstalled the motor, reassembled the housing, replaced, put door panel back on, voila- fixed!! No parts were needed! Total cost.... an hour of time!

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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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That remote is not factory equipt., right? It seems like it is a classical unlock-a-door-and-the-electronics-will-do-the-rest kind of power lock. So maybe the motor is used only as a sensor.
Or did it function before??? If not and the dealership sold you the car this way, tell them that they've mounted an aftermarket remote lock and forgot to have it done properly and refuse to pay, as it's their fault.
If it functioned well before than maybe go to a car electrician or better a car security specialist dealing with alarms and electronic door-lock systems. You can have it done 250(including labor) anywhere! even at NASA

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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The common cause of this is the lock actuator motor. is that what the dealer said?

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

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    yadayada Apr 28, 2009

    " found the motor and reconfigured it", what did he do to reconfigure it??

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