Toyota Door Lock Actuator Buyer's Guide
Toyota prides itself on top-quality vehicles and individual car parts that deliver performance you can depend on. That standard of quality extends to the door lock actuator that operates the locks in Toyota-built car doors.
Even top-quality Toyota door lock actuators can break down earlier than designed because of constant wear or unexpected damage. When you look for a replacement, you’ll come across both OEM parts and aftermarket parts, and wonder which replacement actuator suits your Toyota better.
OEM Toyota door lock actuator
Original Equipment (OE) components come from the factories of the car’s manufacturer or an approved partner. Over time, these genuine parts may wear down and require replacement.
As the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Toyota also produces replacement parts for its vehicles. These OEM parts are mostly sold in either Toyota dealerships or authorized retailers. Their limited availability may make them harder to get and drive their prices up.
Known TSBs for the Toyota door lock actuator
Sometimes, problems during the production and assembly of parts can cause defects in the finished vehicles. The manufacturer will publish a technical service bulletin (TSB) that shows how to fix the problem. For serious issues that require work in a car repair shop, the company will issue a recall.
On May 2, 2013, Toyota released Technical Service Bulletin # T-SB-0061-13. It warns about an Abnormal Power Door Lock Operation (Cycle) in some Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix vehicles.
The door locks of affected Corolla and Matrix units may lock or unlock, even though you did not use the door lock switch or keyless remote assembly. The problem lies in either the faulty door wire harness or the door lock actuator. Sometimes, the door locks may work improperly because grease got into the door lock switch.
The TSB applies to all 2009-2010 Corolla and Matrix units, all 2011 Corolla units produced before the production change effective VIN # 2T1BU4EE#BC653555, and all 2011 Matrix units made before VIN # 2T1KU4EE#BC653562.
T-SB-0061-13 laid out a diagnostic procedure for owners of affected Corolla and Matrix units to test their vehicle’s power door locks for this problem. The company also provided instructions on how to replace the door wire harness and the door lock actuator.
Aftermarket Toyota door lock actuators
To fill the demand for replacement parts, companies with no direct connection to a vehicle’s manufacturer produce spare parts based on the original component. These aftermarket parts offer attractive alternatives to OEM parts, delivering roughly the same performance.
In terms of availability, every car parts shop carries at least one aftermarket product for each car part, giving you options to choose from. Their wide availability keeps their price tags competitive.
Cost of a Toyota door lock actuator
A replacement door lock actuator can cost anywhere between $3 and $425. You can get individual actuators or a set of 2, 3, 4, or 5 units.
Door lock actuators designed for one vehicle may not fit in a different vehicle. Further, actuators intended for a door on the driver’s side won’t fit in the doors on the passenger side or the rear.
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