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Old 06-07-13, 09:18 PM
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I just fixed my front driver side door Acuator thanks to this thread.VERY INFORMATIVE thread that saved me some cash....Thanks
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Old 06-11-13, 10:30 PM
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i was having a problem in my right rear door. does this problem include with not being able to lock your doors with the remote?
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Old 06-12-13, 04:59 PM
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For anyone that lives in Texas and has done this before let me know! Please PM and we can work something. Too scared to try this myself.
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Old 06-26-13, 05:45 PM
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i have a 2002 gs that i purchased a couple months ago and all the actuator where bad. got a good deal on the car. I just order 2 actuators on ebay so i can start changing them myself......... I will be using this DIY write up....
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Old 06-27-13, 07:04 AM
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Completed FL and RR Door actuator motor replacement.
Took 4 hours for both x 2 people. One experienced in Lexus Door actuator motor replacement.

Motor from ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/111090809090...84.m1439.l2649

Gear puller from ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/190712384615...84.m1439.l2649

RR: You need to be patient and need 10mm crescent wrench.

No need to remove windows.
Mark and take pictures as you go.
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Old 06-30-13, 01:27 PM
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Would anyone happen to know where I can find a front passenger actuator for an 01 gs430? ive been looking everywhere and eBay has been the only place.
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Old 06-30-13, 04:02 PM
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I wanted to chime in and let everyone know I successfully repaired three of my doors this weekend. Actually all four of my lock actuators failed on my '99 GS300. I had the dealer repair the driver's side only while I had it in for another job last year. I kept putting off the other three because of the cost.

With the help of this thread and a fantastic video I found on YouTube, the job is done - all for about $30 bucks.

1. I purchased four Mabuchi motors off eBay from a seller named "zinky86" at a cost of $18.
2. I purchased a tiny Walkera gear/pinion puller off eBay from a seller named "gadgetsalon" at a cost of $16.

I read this thread thoroughly, then watched the step-by-step videos (part 1 and part 2) by YouTube user "nguyengs42". That kid nailed this DIY. Google search "gs300 door actuator diy". They are the first two results.

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  • Do this job with your windows Up.
  • The Rear doors do not require you to remove the door handles, window glass or speakers. Be patient and move the unit around while wiggling the door handle and the actuator slips right down and out.
  • The Front doors do require you to remove the door handle and the metal window track only. No need to remove the window glass or speaker.
  • Use a Dremel with the thinnest waffer disc you can find. Do not try and cut with an Excto or knife. Carefully etch around the plastic housing of the actuator right at the glued seam to crack it open. No need to glue it back together. The small bolts hold it in place nicely. Make sure you do not pull out the large plastic gear wheel inside the housing. There is a spring underneath that will pop out and it is tricky to get it back (It happened to me on 2 doors).
  • Good thing I bought four motors because one of them was bad. I had to re-do one door completely and try the last motor I had on-hand. That did the trick.

By my estimation, I saved approximately $800 with this DIY vs. letting the dealer do the job. That makes me very happy and one satisfied driver!

Thanks to all for putting this wonderful information out there!

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Old 06-30-13, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by pizitz70 View Post
I wanted to chime in and let everyone know I successfully repaired three of my doors this weekend. Actually all four of my lock actuators failed on my '99 GS300. I had the dealer repair the driver's side only while I had it in for another job last year. I kept putting off the other three because of the cost.

With the help of this thread and a fantastic video I found on YouTube, the job is done - all for about $30 bucks.

I purchased 4 Mabuchi motors off eBay from a seller named "zinky86" at a cost of $18.
I purchased a tiny Walkera gear/pinion puller off eBay from a seller named "gadgetsalon" at a cost of $16.

I read this thread thoroughly, then watched the step-by-step videos (part 1 and part 2) by YouTube user "nguyengs42". That kid nailed this DIY. Google search "gs300 door actuator diy". They are the first two results.

Notes:
Do this job with your windows Up.

The Rear doors do not require you to remove the door handles, window glass or speakers. Be patient and move the unit around while wiggling the door handle and it slips right down and out.

The Front doors do require you to remove the door handle and the metal window track only. No need to remove the window glass or speaker.

Use a Dremel with the thinnest waffer disc you can find. Do not try and cut with an Excto or knife. Carefully etch around the plastic housing of the actuator to crack it open. No need to glue it back together. The small bolts hold it in place nicely. Make sure you do not pull out the large plastic gear wheel inside the housing. There is a spring underneath that will pop out and it is tricky to get it back (It happened to me on 2 doors).

Good thing I bought four motors because one of them was bad. I had to re-do one door completely and try the last motor I had on-hand. That did the trick.

By my estimation, I saved approximately $800 with this DIY vs. letting the dealer do the job. That makes me very happy and one satisfied driver!

Thanks to all for putting this wonderful information out there!
motors worked only for specific doors?
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Old 07-01-13, 07:30 AM
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Descom,

I think you're asking if each door requires a specific or different motor -- the answer is no. I used the same Mabuchi motor in all four doors actuators.
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Old 07-02-13, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by pizitz70 View Post
Descom,

I think you're asking if each door requires a specific or different motor -- the answer is no. I used the same Mabuchi motor in all four doors actuators.
That's all i needed to know. Thanks so much!
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Originally Posted by pizitz70 View Post
[*]The Front doors do require you to remove the door handle and the metal window track only. No need to remove the window glass or speaker.

False, do you not need to remove the door handle.

5 bolts and only two hooks from the actuator is what you need to remove.
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Which length is needed to do the front doors?







This is the gear puller?


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TI II,

All four doors take the motors with the shorter shaft (9.85mm).

Yes, that is the correct gear puller.
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sc300jz,

Regarding front door handle removal - I decided to remove the handle and detach the two hooks there (at the handle) rather than trying to detach them at the actuator.

For me, it was easier that way because I couldn't see well or get to the hooks without removing the handle first. Good to know it can be done either way though.

I'm so glad all my locks are in working order now!


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False, do you not need to remove the door handle.

5 bolts and only two hooks from the actuator is what you need to remove.
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