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ok here is a more in depth door lock actuator replacement write up. This was done on both doors but the pics are only from the drivers door on a 2002 RSX Base.

Tools Needed :
-10mm socket
-#2 phillips head screw driver
-#3 phillips head screw driver
- small tip flat head screw driver



First you need to take the door panel off.



you need to remove (2) #2 phillips screws from under the the armrest



then you need to remove the cover from behind the door handle, this will require the small flat head screwdriver. you will need to lift the clip in the hole and pull the bottom of the cover out.



once removed you will need to remove (2) #2 phillips screw from behind the handle. it is easier if you remove the forward one first.



once you remove the screws pull the handle out but be delicate as there is the latch cable and the power lock plug on the back. after the handle is removed there is (1) #2 screw holding the panel on behind the armrest grip. you will need to remove this



now to remove the handle linkages, first undo the wire harness to the power locks





then remove the latch cable. *be careful as this will break if you are not delicate*





now remove the power window controls. this will pop out easily with a flat head screw driver from the front.



now just disconnect the wire harness. (it might be a little tight)





now remove the triangle trim piece behind the mirror. it just pops out, (1) clip, just be careful not to break it.





Now you can remove the door panel by lifting up and pulling out. there are clips around the bottom and sides and the top sits in a track



now pull the water shield back. (remember to not rip this because you will re-use it.) beneath this you will see (2) wires groups going to the door lock. one brown and one black. remove the clips holding them to the door



with these removed roll the window up (plug the switch back in to control window) now reach inside the door and undo two control arms to the lock. (1) silver and (1) gold.



these clips are just like the latch cable clip. be delicate and rotate the clips off the rods





now you will pull the rods out of the holes they are in. the gold one might be a little tough. you can pry it out with the screwdriver or use needle nose pliers.



with the rods disconnected you need to remove the window guide. it is held in by a 10mm bolt on the door

 

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next there is a plastic clip holding a lock rod guide on the actuator you will need to remove this.



now remove the (3) #3 screws on the outside of the door holding the latch in.





now you can pull the latch and actuator to the door opening and change the actuator out.



there is (1) black #2 phillips head screw holding the gold cover on. remove that and pull the cover off.



with this removed you can remove the actuator. there are (2) clips one on top and one on bottom that you will need to lift to remove the actuator.



now with the actuator out. make sure you have the correct part for the correct door. (passenger and drivers doors are different.)



To install just repeat steps in reverse. there is one thing you want to be careful about when re-installing. the plastic guide needs to fit in a groove inside the door.



Also you might notice that some of the clips will stick in the door. just pull them out and install them onto the panel before re-installing on the door.



THANKS FOR READING
 

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dude awesome diy, just finished replacing mine and had this pulled up on my ipad to make sure i went step by step the only few issues i ran into was not using a #3 screwdriver on the side of the door had to run out and get one those things are really in there and then taking the inside door panel off, i wasnt able to just lift and pull so i went around starting at the front and just popped each one lose pretty straight forward diy though wouldnt have been able to without this
 

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thanks man. this was my first diy write up.
Also If your alarm does not arm after the install then the lock position sensor INSIDE the actuator might be broken. I found this out after i finished everything and had to take it all apart again to fix.
 

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Just followed this DIY, and let me tell you, I would probably still be out there tonight trying to get this lock to work without it. Great write up! Thanks for putting this out here.
 

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great write up. i attempted this years ago (apparently back in 2007 when I purchased the replacement) but failed to remove 1 rod which dampened the entire process. my poor memory means i had to look up a DIY again, stumbled upon this one with fresh photos. wouldn't have been able to get do it without this write up.

this time, i had to use pliers to remove one gold rod (for door handle). i also broke a clip on the triangle trim that covers the mirror hardware.

and for kicks since i fear my original unit failed in 5 years, and my replacement is now 7 years old, though never used, I may need to do this again. =/ time flies.

anywho i made a quick video for my own reference, might come in handy to some:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg4sGl9wHZc
 

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Very nice writeup. Should be added to the sticky.


great write up. i attempted this years ago (apparently back in 2007 when I purchased the replacement) but failed to remove 1 rod which dampened the entire process. my poor memory means i had to look up a DIY again, stumbled upon this one with fresh photos. wouldn't have been able to get do it without this write up.

this time, i had to use pliers to remove one gold rod (for door handle). i also broke a clip on the triangle trim that covers the mirror hardware.

and for kicks since i fear my original unit failed in 5 years, and my replacement is now 7 years old, though never used, I may need to do this again. =/ time flies.

anywho i made a quick video for my own reference, might come in handy to some:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg4sGl9wHZc
yo!
 

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The silver lever that is below the gold lever does that go through the white plastic and connect to a white piece of plastic with the circle cut out? I am doing this right now and I can't get this silver rod to connect to the pin and be in the circle through the plastic I can post pictures if it will help understand what I'm talking about
 

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thanks man. this was my first diy write up.
Also If your alarm does not arm after the install then the lock position sensor INSIDE the actuator might be broken. I found this out after i finished everything and had to take it all apart again to fix.
please explain this!... i just replaced mine with an aftermarket unit, and though i can control the new door lock actuator via the door switches.. it will not work with the FOB, nor engage or disengage the alarm./. confused..
 

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please explain this!... i just replaced mine with an aftermarket unit, and though i can control the new door lock actuator via the door switches.. it will not work with the FOB, nor engage or disengage the alarm./. confused..
Was this ever answered? I had sorta the same problem. I was in a accident were my drivers door had to be replaced and the shop put a used door on and after that my key fob doesn't work...
 
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