Is there any videos for our vehicles to do this?Remove the door panel and see if your faulty actuator has a removable rod. If so, prying the old actuator out of the bracket and replacing it is MUCH easier than complete disassembly. Swap only the black actuator motor. For easier access remove the glass run channel and attached wiring. Here's a Motorcraft actuator that will work IF yours has a removable rod.
So what are the weak points in the locks?Likely the sound of stripped and slipping nylon gears in the lock actuator motor. Usually described as a "buzzing" sound. I've replaced three of four actuators and both front latches since buying my truck used with 46,000 miles in 2009. Door locks are NOT one of Ford Explorer's stronger points.
IF the actuator is the issue this may be of interest:
I thought the front and rear actuator were the same, but it turns out they're not. See post #85 and later before proceeding. Earlier models are different and may have permanently attached rods. Check first. New Toy I believe this applies to Gen 1-2-3 (1991-2005) Explorers. Heads up for those...www.explorerforum.com
Yes, from your description, it sounds like the actuator. But shesh, why did I choose to keep the sport trac? Sounds like it was a mistake. It did well the first 100,000 miles. Since crossing over, it is showing its true colors.Not so much the lock cylinders. It's the door latches. They all have a tiny spring that breaks preventing the power locks to lock or unlock. Shine a light into the passenger latch and look for a broken spring. Also look in the bottom of the door for spring remnants when you remove the panel.
Pretty sure you have a tired actuator if you hear it buzzing.
Um...yeah....it's that 100K thing huh? Replace an actuator of buy a new Ranger for $40K and up. Sorry, but I'll keep fixing my ST and live with NO truck payments thank you.Yes, from your description, it sounds like the actuator. But shesh, why did I choose to keep the sport trac? Sounds like it was a mistake. It did well the first 100,000 miles. Since crossing over, it is showing its true colors.
Just saw this thread and I’m having the same problem on my 05 but on the driver door. It was intermittent at first and would lock halfway but not actually lock. Now it won’t even try to lock or unlock.When I put the key in and turn it it will slip and won’t lock or unlock on occasion. Thoughts? I’m gonna tear into it soon but I wanna know what to look for.^ Google is your friend.
Still say prying the old actuator from the bracket is a MUCH easier repair. Here to help if I can. LMK.