I've seen many posts regarding actuator failures in the forums. There are numerous tutorials on replacing the motor for $5 to $10, but I have the Ultra model with the easy close door locks. This actuator is much larger and more complex.
Yesterday, I removed the door panel and tried to remove the actuator, but much to my chagrin, found it impossible due to it's size. I tried loosening the window tracks but that did not seem to help. In fact, I also experienced the windows all lowering, which broke the top brace of the actuator housing. frustrated, I reassembled the door and everything seems to work, except for the door lock actuator of course.
Can anyone out there give me some tips or guidance on how to extract the actuator assembly from the door panel?
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If it is a rear door, the actuator assembly can be wiggled out without loosening any hardware on the window itself. Getting it back in is a bit harder, but definitely possible. Unfortunately, the Lexus service manual leaves out some of the fine detail, but the overall procedure is reasonably well documented.
I have not tried a front door, so this may not apply to you.
I have done it on a CL and it is same actuator as UL.
Disconnect the battery so that the window does not roll down.
It is difficult to get the actuator out but I disassembled some of it while in the door so that I could take it out. See pictures I posted in the other thread on how it looks like.
It's not the same if the UL has Easy Close though. Don't know if it is much harder but the part is not the same. From what I understand you can just unbolt the actuator assembly instead of prying it open.
Well, I was able to remove the actuator assembly. It came out with some work, but not too difficult. Now I am trying to reinstall it and I cannot get the assembly to go around the window track, even though I removed the two bolts holding the track so that it would move slightly. I spent several hours on it yesterday. I even removed the track from the rubber and still I could not get it back in.
Has anyone had any experience with this so as to give me some tips or pointers on how to reinstall the actuator? I can't drive the car until the latch is reinstalled. Help!