Door Lock Actuator Replacement Cost

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

The average cost for a door lock actuator replacement is between $298 and $360. Labor costs are estimated between $99 and $126 while parts are priced between $199 and $234. 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.

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.

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