BMW 740Ld xDrive Door Lock Actuator Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

The average cost for a BMW 740Ld xDrive door lock actuator replacement is between $2,275 and $2,306. Labor costs are estimated between $114 and $145 while parts are priced at $2161. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

What is a power door lock actuator?

Vehicles equipped with power door locks have a power door lock actuator in each door. The door lock actuator is an electronically controlled motor that automatically locks, or unlocks a door, trunk or rear hatch when the driver or passenger pushes a lock/unlock button on any door panel or remote.

How does the power door lock actuator work?

Door lock actuators are most commonly electric motors that control a mechanical linkage operating the door locks. In some vehicles they used a system of vacuum motors, hoses and actuators to operate the lock mechanisms. No matter which system your vehicle has there will be a small computer that operates the actuators. The computer will receive signals to lock or unlock a door from the key remote fob, the key lock in the car door, a button on the dash or door panel, or in some case from a remote unlocking signal from OnStar or similar services.

What are the symptoms related to a bad power door lock actuator?

When the door lock actuator fails you may experience doors that will not lock or unlock properly. The actuator can incorporate a door switch so you may also experience interior lights that stay on when the door is closed and security & alarm systems that malfunction. Before they completely fail, you may hear a groaning noise or other noises from the door as the lock is operating. In some cases, the door lock actuators will continuously cycle, draining the battery.

Can I drive with a power door lock actuator problem?

When a door lock actuator stops functioning it will not have any negative effect on how your vehicle drives, it is safe to drive. However there are a few precautions that should be taken. When driving your car, you will have to manually lock the door with the malfunctioning actuator to avoid the door opening in case the vehicle is in an accident. Also when you park your car you will want to manually lock the door to ensure your items in the vehicle are secure.

How often do power door lock actuators need to be replaced?

The door lock actuators are a mechanical part that operates every time you lock and unlock the vehicle, so they get used frequently. Due to this frequent use, failure of this item is not uncommon. On some vehicles it's common to have one or more replaced while the car is still under warranty, which can be less than five years old. On other vehicles they can go over 100,000 miles. So it just depends on how much you use the car and what car you drive.

How are power door lock actuator issues diagnosed?

When you have an electronically-controlled door lock actuator that isn't working, the mechanic will need to remove the door panel to verify that it is receiving the appropriate electronic signals to operate the lock motor. If the signals are ok, then the part will need to be replaced. If the signals are not ok, then the issue is with the system that controls the actuator. The mechanic will need to perform an electrical circuit diagnosis to determine why the signal is not reaching the actuator.

How is a power door lock actuator replaced?

To replace this part the mechanic will need to remove the door panel to access the lock actuator mechanism. On some vehicles removal of the window and regulator may be required. If the part is operating a trunk lid or rear hatch on a wagon, the inner panel will need to be removed and the part replaced. When replacing the part it may need to be disconnected from the door lock linkage and electrical wiring, then the new part is reconnected to these items. Once the repair is completed, a thorough performance check of the locking system should be performed to verify a completed repair. This check should include the interior lighting, security system, door windows and any other items attached to the door panel that was removed.

What to look out for when dealing with power door lock actuator issues

The diagnosis and replacement of the door lock actuator is a fairly straight forward job for an experienced mechanic, so as a consumer it's important that the part is properly diagnosed and replaced. When you get the car returned after the repair, double check that the door panel is secured and fitting correctly. Also make sure all the door locks, interior lights and security system are functioning properly before you leave. If anything is not working be sure to inform the repair shop before you take your car.

Can I replace the power door lock actuator myself?

This repair, like most repairs on late-model vehicles can be simple or quite complex. Removing a door panel for the first time offers even the most experienced mechanic with challenges as it's easy to break the retaining when taking this job it's advisable for the amateurs and pros alike to consult a repair manual for door panes instructions. Care needs to be taken when disconnecting and reconnecting any linkages and wiring...go slow and don't force anything. Getting the part out of the door and installing the new one can be challenging because it's very confined and tight inside the door. That said, this repair can be performed by an intermediately experienced person. As with all electronic devices it's crucial they are diagnosed properly or you risk throwing money away on a part that didn't need replacement.