How to Spot Problems on Your Honda Accord Door Lock Actuator
Locking and unlocking the doors of your Honda Accord is a crucial aspect in operating the car. These are affected by your door lock actuator, the motor inside your door panel that moves the door latch to open or close the door. When your door lock actuator is bad, your car is open for anyone's easy access. More so, you may experience the frustration from difficulty in unlocking the door. With this, before things get worse, you should know when your door lock actuator is running its final miles.
Your door lock actuator has two rubber stoppers inside. These stoppers secure the position of the motor inside the actuator. There are times when one of these rubber components slides out of its place. When this happens, the motor also moves slightly out of its position. This causes the buzzing sounds when operating your door lock actuator. To fix this, open the actuator and secure the position of the rubber stops with quick-drying silicone.
One door lock does not work with the use of the central switch
If one of your door locks do not work when using the central switch, there may be an issue with the wiring of your door lock actuator. The actuator may not be getting enough voltage to make it move the door latch. This may be caused by a poor relay. You can check your relay and look for possible short circuits or small damage. You may also try replacing the relay.
You would know when your lock is getting slow or sluggish. This can be annoying because your lock takes some time before finally opening or closing. This problem is caused by a burned door lock actuator which tends to slow down before finally giving in. This part burns because of corrosion and dirt inside your door panel. With this, you should replace your burned actuator and regularly keep the new one from dirt and dust.
Door locks and unlocks on its own
This is a rare symptom that can be a little creepy at the same time. This is caused by a bad actuator wiring. What you can do is check the wires. They may be touching ground somewhere, causing intermittent activations of the actuator. If these continue, the actuator may die due to excess work.