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Old 06-25-2019, 08:31 AM   #1
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Replacing the driver's side door lock actuator

The power lock on the driver's side of my 2000 E350 has mostly stopped working. My plan is to replace the actuator, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the dang thing out.


My previous searches on this turned up bits of info here and there, but nothing very detailed and I can't seem to find it again. I know there is a bracket holding it in that is riveted to the door, I believe one option is to drill out the rivet, but I thought I had read that the actuator can be pried out of the bracket. I messed with it a bit, but couldn't figure out how and I can't really get my fat head in there to see how things are hooked up.


Any tips on removing it?
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Old 06-26-2019, 05:45 AM   #2
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Drill out the rivet and replace the actuator using a 1/4-20 bolt and Nylok nut---that's really the only and best way to do this.

Being in the auto/truck glass biz I have the tools and rivets to do this but honestly the bolt & nut method is easy for most DIY's.

If you can find a truss head Phillips-drive bolt that'd be perfect---if not the typical hex head types work well too.

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Old 07-03-2019, 07:33 AM   #3
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I think you're right. I just need to get in there and find a part number of the actuator so I can have it on hand before I start deconstructing things.
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Old 07-07-2019, 03:21 PM   #4
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I drilled the rivet and used a 1/4" rivnut with a rounded head allen 1/4" SS bolt. Tightening the bolt kind of dimples the bolt head into the door, so no clearance issues. This is on a 2011 so the actuator PN is different, but the attachment method is similar. My Google Fu says you should be looking for F7UZ15218A42A for a 2000, but make sure you verify before ordering.
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