Power Door Lock Actuators May Fail on GMC Yukon

The power door lock actuators may become slow to operate or stop working completely and require replacement.

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Average mileage: 106,080 (15,000–999,999)
19 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
119 people reported this problem
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I'm unable to open the rear cargo doors in my 2002 GMC Yukon XL (1500 4WD). I have the twin doors with the fixed glass in the rear of my vehicle. The door handle just flops around and hangs partially open but is not actuating the locking mechanism. I am unable to unlock the right door with a key and I can hear the locking mechanism making noise when I use the unlock button on my remote as well as from the electrical panel on the driver's door, but it is not unlocking the door. I have read a number of reports that see to suggest the actuator has failed inside the door or more likely, due to bad engineering design by GM, the actuator switch is traveling too far over-center and binding in the mechanism, causing the door to lock in place. I have received estimates from a GM dealer of $450 to fix it, but there are a number of sites out there which describe how to repair it yourself if you are adventurous. An aftermarket (but OEM-compatible) actuator costs about $75 where the dealer wants to charge $160 (double that if you have them put it in, plus labor = $450). I'm feeling adventurous. ;-) I read on the NHSTB site that this had been reported 140,000+ times by owners around the country across at least 15 model years...I wonder what it will take for GM to recall it? Also begs the question: Why isn't there a manual door pull back there to facilitate a safe exit in the event of an emergency, such as a front-end accident where the passenger doors may bind? As usual, it will take a tragedy or twelve and social action for the automotive industry to "care" enough to do anything to take responsibility for their engineering failure.
2008 GMC Yukon47,000
power door lock on the drivers side will not work. the other three doors work.
2008 GMC Yukon75,000
Passenger rear door lock will not lock or unlock when switches pressed.
2008 GMC Yukon100,000
First the passenger side would work occasionaly It has worked its way around and now only one door works every once in a while.
2008 GMC Yukon55,000
passenger door lock not working. F#@* GM. It is hard to "buy American" when Americans make crap.
2008 GMC Yukon98,000
My passanger and 2 rear door locks dont function using the key fab or the drive door lock button
2008 GMC Yukon70,000
2003 GMC Yukon100,000
passenger front door no power to widow , power mirror, and locking mech.
2006 GMC Yukon56,200
chevy suv Liftgate Rear HATCH Actuator not working causing the door not to open
2005 GMC Yukon80,000
Removed, disassembled, cleaned and lubricated. Reinstalled, worked fine. About 1 hour to complete.
2008 GMC Yukon84,000
I own a 2008 Yukon. My family is a GMC family and we have owned several GMC vehicles. My parents have owned 5 Yukons and I'm on my 2nd one. I bought my current Yukon from my parents. They had the front door locks replaced in 2010 and I just had to replace both of my back door locks this month. I had to pay $598.00 to replace both of the back locks. I had a 5 year warranty that expired in April 2013 or 100,000 miles which ever occurred first. I think that's frustrating that the car is not quite 6 years old yet and we have had to replace all 4 door locks in the Yukon. Please contact me if there is a solution to this problem. Thank you, Vicky Berberick vjlocke@sbcglobal.net
2009 GMC Yukon50,000
The solution is a recall. The locks have not yet been fixed. GMC used to be good.
2007 GMC Yukon146,000
Rear passenger door on the driver side power lock will not lock or unlock from the power lock switch or key fob. It has to be manually locked and unlocked.
2008 GMC Yukon110,000
Same issue with door lock actuators...isn't this a safety issue as when you put the vehicle in drive it no longer locks the doors, and worse, when put into park, the doors do not unlock...makes it difficult to get out in an emergency
2006 GMC Yukon89,000
Rear hatch door won't open and the rear actuater is failing.
2008 GMC Yukon70,000
Three out four of my door locks on my 2008 Yukon went out after having it serviced. I took it in to repair three of my door handles that had broken due to the plastic fasteners that hold them on, and after driving it home, three of my door locks didn't work. Dealer said it wasn't their fault and it would cost $800.00 to fix....ridiculous. I had just spent $750.00 on it that day!
2009 GMC Yukon85,000
Rear driver door will not unlock. Any suggestions on an inexpensive fix would be outstanding.
1997 GMC Yukon200,000
All four power door locks quite
2006 GMC Yukon95,235
real tail door hatch stop working.
2009 GMC Yukon100,000
Passenger door locks failed first, then drivers side. $800 to change actautors. Vehicle also "locks up" on its own. Ridiculous . . . cheap POC parts from China I suspect.
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