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Old 08-01-2014, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Door actuator failure

Hey there,
Took my '08 Impreza in to local Subaru shop today because my interior passenger door lock was no longer responding to electronic lock/unlock, and I was told that the actuator in the door that controls the locking mechanism had failed. Is this something that I could replace myself with little difficulty? I have absolutely no electrical/wiring experience.

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Old 08-01-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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I have no first hand experience, but my guess is the fix will be entirely mechanical in nature. Remove the interior door trim, find the actuator, remove and unplug it, and re-install the new one. I'll bet the door trim part is more difficult than the actuator.

This all assumes that the diagnosis is correct though. If there's an electrical fault causing the problem rather than a failed actuator, that's an entirely new kettle of fish.
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