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Old 20-10-2009, 10:29 PM   #1
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Default Central locking actuator repair

Hi Guys,

Need to replace one of my central locking motors, and found a repair kit for around $45.

It's pretty easy to do, but I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with these kits - ie quality etc, or are there different/better kits out there?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/FORD-AU-BA-BF...item2ea890dda6

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Old 20-10-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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$57 to your door
i bought an already reco'd one for $77
so they mustn't be too hard to do
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Old 20-10-2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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I used 1 of these kits a couple of months ago and it is easy to do and works fine with no dramas. If you have the mechanical ability and a small amount of time of approx 1.5 to 2 hours you should not have any dramas
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Old 21-10-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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I bought one of those exact kits last week, it'll take you around an extra 5 minutes to finish, above that of the $20 dearer reco'ed unit. If your not confident unscrewing 4 screws and pulling out the gear drive and motor, as well as unclipping and clipping the wires on the 12 volt motors...... or if you couldn't be bothered with the extra effort, then go for the reco unit, otherwise save yourself the $20. On my cars faulty actuator, the 12volt motor was kaput, and the plastic main gear was still ok. So I only replaced the motor. If a main gear breaks in any of my actuators, I'll have this spare, though touch wood I never have problems again.

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Old 21-10-2009, 12:10 AM   #5
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I used 1 of these kits a couple of months ago and it is easy to do and works fine with no dramas. If you have the mechanical ability and a small amount of time of approx 1.5 to 2 hours you should not have any dramas

1.5 to 2 hours !!!! As long as you have the tools to complete this, I couldn't imagine this job would take you any longer than 45 minutes or so.
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Old 21-10-2009, 12:11 AM   #6
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Our AU had two failed actuators, one with the worm gear broken, the other with the travel slide thingo broken.

I successfully used two of these kits to fix them and they were delivered quickly. The replacement worm gear seems thicker than the original too.
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Our AU had two failed actuators, one with the worm gear broken, the other with the travel slide thingo broken.

I successfully used two of these kits to fix them and they were delivered quickly. The replacement worm gear seems thicker than the original too.
I've found tat AU2/3 worm gears are thicker than the AU1 ones. doesn't stop them snapping though - but they last a bit longer before they do snap.
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Thanks for all the advice guys. Yeah, I've repaired a few before as I've had spares, but I just wanted to get feedback on this particular kit.
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1.5 to 2 hours !!!! As long as you have the tools to complete this, I couldn't imagine this job would take you any longer than 45 minutes or so.
I was merely implying that anyone with a basic mechanical knowledge and a desire to do the work themselves could easily sort it out using this kit, by taking their time and learning as they go, as I did. I am no genius when it comes to stuff like this, and i did it in this amount if time. I am sorry if I dont measure up to your genius abilities, but was merely offering my own experiences and not trying to declare how good i am at this type of stuff.
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I was merely implying that anyone with a basic mechanical knowledge and a desire to do the work themselves could easily sort it out using this kit, by taking their time and learning as they go, as I did. I am no genius when it comes to stuff like this, and i did it in this amount if time. I am sorry if I dont measure up to your genius abilities, but was merely offering my own experiences and not trying to declare how good i am at this type of stuff.
I apologise if my reply offended you, I wasn't trying to have a go at you, people can take all day to do this repair if they want. I was just a little concerned that your time frame for completing this job may have put some people off doing this themselves.

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its not a hard job to pull them apart. but we have had people bring them into us in bags unable to put it back together.
we sell change over units for $65 with warranty.
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