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Old 01-07-2006, 05:40 PM
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Exclamation Door won't lock!

I went outside to lock the cars up and I noticed that the drivers door lock on my 96' is stuck unlocked! I have had the actuator replaced before but I think they replaced it with an aftermarket part. Every now and then Id have to stick the key in and wiggle it around to get my door to unlock. But now the issue is that the lock won't lock at all. Do I need a new actuator and if I do could a beginner install it himself?

Another thing worth mentioning is that my car has the Security System and I never use the key to lock and unlock to doors. I do use the key once a month at least but no more probably.

I need help soon! And all is welcome, I can't live with a car that won't lock!
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Old 01-07-2006, 05:44 PM
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when you turn the key does it feel loose?
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Old 01-07-2006, 05:54 PM
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If I turn to the right it's loose. If I turn to the left its hard and the lock won't stay down.

Answer please?!?!?!
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Old 01-07-2006, 05:57 PM
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can you turn it to the left at all?
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:02 PM
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Yes, I can turn it all the way but then as soon as I let go the lock goes back up. What should I do. It's really hard to turn it to the left.
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:04 PM
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sounds like you're fighting the actuator. sounds stuck.

do you know how to take your door panel off?
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:07 PM
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No but if Princess could pull some PDF's I'd start at sunrise. Could you tell me how??? I mean it can me too hard...can it?
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:09 PM
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I've personally never taken one off of an accord, so I can't help you there at all. but you're right, it shouldn't be too hard.
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:12 PM
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Well if I take all those plastic caps off and unscrew everything. It should come off. PRINCESS IM SENFING OUT AN S.O.S. I need PDF's!!!
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:14 PM
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basically.

just be carefully, some door panels pull off upwards, some pull of outwards. and watch for wire connectors......
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:16 PM
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I will...
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I am not responsible if you break anything. It is based off my 6th gen door panel removal. This is to be used as a guide, not a Bible

This article shall be superceded by any instructions that Princess may post in the future

Take of all the connectors to the door panels ie. door handle, window switch/grab handle drop in plate. On yours, you may also have to remove the actual door lock assembly and/or the speaker/grill first. There will be a metal rod connecting to the door handle, swivel the piece that it goes into then lift the rod up. There will be a connector to the door lock switch. There is only one screw on the door handle piece I believe.

Window switch/grab handle piece
One screw, then push towards the front of the car and lift up. There should be a tab at the back (nearest the B-pillar) try not to break it. Get it up far enough to remove the connectors: 1 for the window switches, 1 for the power mirror switch. There might be more but that's all I'm aware of/I remember.

Door panel removal
Remove the trim piece that covers the side view mirror. I did this by pulling straight out. There are TWO (2) clips holding it on. There is also a tab or something that I broke apparently...not sure, but it still fits and doesn't rattle. There is also a little clip underneath that cover, you'll see it. There's a slot in there to fit a small flathead, just pry it out. It's meant to just pop in and out. Then start at the bottom of the door, get your hand between the door panel and metal. Have a big ass flathead screwdriver handy to stick in there just in case you need to pry it to give you leverage, the clips might be on tight and it'll pin your fingers like a and you'll release a string of cuss words so long your neighbor will call the cops. Start pulling outwards, there are several clips around the perimeter of the door panel. Only pull at the bottom and the 2 sides, NOT the top. Be careful not to BEND the door panel, otherwise you'll kick yourself forever. The top panel and the bottom panel are attached, it is not a one piece panel - be careful where they attach, it is a weak point. The clips will "pop" when they come loose, do not drop any. Once you got them all, push straight up towards the roof of the car. Clear the lock but DO NOT GO TOO FAR. You still need to remove the light bulb from the courtesy light at the bottom (twist 1/4-1/2 turn, pull out) and the security system light (if applicable).

Actuator
Remove the piece of white plastic. This is the rain guard. Don't destroy it, or else all hell will break loose once it rains. The glue that is used to put it on is kind of hard and tacky...I found that I had to use a hobby knife to cut it away, otherwise I would rip the rain guard. You only need to peel about 1/4 to a 1/2 of it away, starting from the back of the door (towards the latch) and moving towards the front of the car. Once you got that, you should trace the metal rods coming from the inside door lock and the keyhole in the door. They should lead you to the actuator, which should be white colored plastic. It MIGHT be blocked by a piece of metal/rubber (was on mine). It is bolted to the door underneath the latch. Remove the bolt, the metal should come out with some finessing. DON'T force it, especially if you have the window down. The actuator should be bolted in there in a rather tight spot. I used a ratchet with a couple of extensions and a screwdriver head and a lot of curse words and energy to get all the screws out (3 on mine). Be careful not to drop the screws!! The actuator will then come out. AT THIS POINT, PLEASE NOTE HOW IT GOES IN. Look at where the metal rods go, how it is positioned, where the screws are, which plug goes into which hole. There should be 2 plugs, one power and one for the alarm/security/power lock (at least those are my guesses for the 2 plugs). Then, you can take it out.

Re-Installation
Put everything back in in the reverse order, but here are a few tips.
- Remember to put the actuator in the right way and plug it in properly.
- Remember to put the piece of metal that blocked the actuator back in. Also remember to put the white rain guard back on.
- Check the door panel and make sure that all the clips are there. The spot where the clips attach are very noticeable...check them all and make sure there are clips in all of them.
- Clips just push back on...push on where the clips are until you feel them clip in. Make sure the clips are all aligned with their proper holes, otherwise they will pop out of their door panel mountings.
- Remember to get it over the door lock, and to reconnect the security light and the courtesy light.
- Window switch panel should be easy, the connectors and just slip it on, tighten it.
- Interior door handle REMEMBER to put the metal rod back in. Otherwise, you will have to roll down the window and grab the exterior handle in order to get out. It's going to look dumb and ghetto

Final tip.
USE COMMON SENSE

That's all for tonight, come back tomorrow for how to gut the trunk
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Thanks!

I decided to use the directions for installing the security system on 96 Accords from College Hills. I got the window/mirror & door handle off. Tomarrow I will 'try' to do a DIY and take pics for future reference.

Thanks guys for your help, and I'll give an update tomarrow.
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Thanks!

I decided to use the directions for installing the security system on 96 Accords from College Hills. I got the window/mirror & door handle off. Tomarrow I will 'try' to do a DIY and take pics for future reference.

Thanks guys for your help, and I'll give an update tomarrow.
Sounds pretty close to what I had, except that whole "remove the switch panel" thing and removing the side mirror cover...lol. I hope you read my thing though. There's stuff in there that College Hills won't tell you
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Ok got up took off the door panel (It was too Easy). Then I got all the stuff of like the actuator, door handle, switches, power door lock brain and this metal thing. The Actuator is fine it works when I power the door locks with the key fob. The bad news is when the actuator was replaced (for the 2nd time) I went to a mom and pop shop. Well ofcourse they used some cheapo aftermarket add on actuator. And they also managed to just rip the white plastic and leave it hanging. So my conclusion is that the door lock is stuck! I tride to wiggle it around but it just doesn't go down. I am going to go take pics, and then I'll post them so stay here for an update!
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