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Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Power Door Lock Actuators May Fail

Chevrolet Suburban 1500 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Average Mileage: 101,487 mi (18,900 mi - 222,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 80,000 mi

    Back passenger door will not actuate

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  • Visitor, , 121,000 mi

    Actuators failed

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    rear hatch door doesn't lock..all other drivers side and passenger doors DO lock

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    bad actuator rear door

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  • Visitor, , 110,000 mi

    The power lift gate actuator stopped working. tried and after market replacement which worked for approx. 2 weeks. Ordered another from another company and it work in reverse, it would lock when you hit the unlock and unlock when you locked the vehicle. That one also only lasted approx 1 week. To buy one from the dealer is approx $450.00. I have found that this is an on going problem with many complaints so I do not know why there hasn't been any type of recall on this

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  • Visitor, , 76,000 mi

    same crap obviously a defect. back locks wont lock when pressing all locks down. sometimes works 90% of the time crawling across to manually unlock. or going back opening and manually locking doors. major inconvience consider amount of money spent on this vehicle and amount of similar incidents on here.

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  • Visitor, , 115,000 mi

    Door locks slow and wont lock

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  • Visitor, , 42,000 mi

    Back passenger door lock failed. Not repaired due to cost.

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  • Visitor, , 84,569 mi

    Rear passenger door actuator does not work

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    I had the same problem as another visitor. When trying to open the hatch via the button on the handle (liftgate) the liftgate would sound like it was closing. If you quickly pulled you could manually open the liftgate. all other buttons did nothing (related to Liftgate). The solution I found to fix it was

    1. Close everything and open the hood.
    2. Detach the negative cable from the battery for at least a minute
    3. Attach the negative battery cable
    4. Unlock the truck and turn the key to acc (dont start it). You should hear the sound of doors clicking like they are unlocking
    5. Liftgate should now work

    Optionally, remove the Fuse (44 i think, check the fuse guide for power lift gate) and then try and open, then plug fuse back in. I did this before turning the key so perhaps it was just the battery detaching that reset everything. I was pretty darn happy i didnt have to buy a new liftgate motor.

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