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DIY: Universal Door Lock Actuator (Gen1 xB)

Tools needed:
-Universal actuator (Can be found on Ebay, for around $5)
-2 screws to fasten actuator to backing plate.
-Screwdriver
-Drill with screwdriver attachment and small drill bit.
-X-acto knife

*Emergency tools, duct tape.




Kit includes:
actuator, backing plate, push rod, two metal screws, a clamp, and three small screws to fasten the rods together.

Step 1: Remove door panel

There are 2 screws, one in the handle, and one by the latch.
Pull panel off, and move up to clear door lock.
Pinch wire the connector off and set the panel aside.
(Now is a good time to install sound deadening material!)

Step 2: Attach metal plate to actuator.

I attached it the middle using a couple screws laying around since they weren't supplied.



Step 3: Test fit and make pilot holes into metal with a drill.

I had to stagger the bracket due to the shape of the hole in the door.



Step 4: Fasten bracket down with drill.

I used a backing piece to hold the screw on the left.



Step 5: Use supplied connector to attach the rods.



(This is the piece that failed me, the jolt from the unlocking door kept throwing the connector off. I found a not so permanent solution by making my own connector out of a small piece of metal and a screw and by also duct taping the rods together.)

My solution (don't laugh!)


Step 6: Remove wires from OEM actuator and splice into new actuator.

The blue/orange went to the green and the blue/black went to the blue in my case. Always test these out before crimping.

A simple butt connector works fine. I used wire nuts and some heatshrink for good measure, then shoved the wires in a hole to keep them from moving around.



Step 7: Test. The new rod should force the old one to move.

Step 8: Use Xacto knife to cut some of the yellow foam off the door panel to make it fit. One could also mount the actuator further back by using washers on the screw.



Step 9: Place door panel back on. Pop wire connector back on and check for clearance.




Should be good as new! I've had my xB for 4 years and have never had the back door unlock. It will take me some getting used to.
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you are awesome. i gave up and paid to have mine replaced.

now. if you can find out why my back window won't roll down....


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you are awesome. i gave up and paid to have mine replaced.

now. if you can find out why my back window won't roll down....
My right rear window wouldn't roll down for a few months, then this girl just held the button down in anger and it went down lol, and it's worked ever since.

My problem is that my windows rattle when halfway down, like the rubber trim isn't pushing on them enough.
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hahahaha. oh i have tried that. believe me. my theory is that there is a short in the electrical circuit somewhere. My family has just gotten used to a can with three windows.


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hahahaha. oh i have tried that. believe me. my theory is that there is a short in the electrical circuit somewhere. My family has just gotten used to a can with three windows.
That sucks in AZ I bet. Why don't you have someone look at it?
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i have. i have aaron's (blackbox's) actuator and motor in it and i have switched out the switches. Each time it works for a little while and then stops. btw i took this to the dealership a bunch of times while it was under warranty. They would fix it; it would work for a day or two, maybe even a few weeks, and then quit. grrrr.

they hate me.

i think it's haunted or something. or maybe it's hexed.


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i have. i have aaron's (blackbox's) actuator and motor in it and i have switched out the switches. Each time it works for a little while and then stops. btw i took this to the dealership a bunch of times while it was under warranty. They would fix it; it would work for a day or two, maybe even a few weeks, and then quit. grrrr.

they hate me.

i think it's haunted or something. or maybe it's hexed.
That sucks.
I can't think of why, may be a pinched wire or something.
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Great DIY there !!!!
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DUUDEE!!! This is great thanks!! now to do it myself
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Mines still working, so it passed the one day test haha.
I'm sure there's a metal bonding glue you could use underneath the duct tape. :P
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Re: DIY: Universal Door Lock Actuator (Gen1 xB)

great write up

I always thought it required an actuator with more than 2 wires.

Thanks for this info.
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Congrats on making this work!!!

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Great DIY! thanks!
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Re: DIY: Universal Door Lock Actuator (Gen1 xB)

Thanks guys.

I really hope this helps some people out.
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Not some but alot of us !!!!
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I like complete write ups! Good job.

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Great write up, easy to follow. Seems like the door lock actuators fail often on Bs
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