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  View original topic: can the actuaters for the power door locks be fixed/rebuilt?
vanjoe Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:35 pm

My power locks are not working. You can here them try to but they won't lock. New actuaters are pretty pricey. Would I be able to take them a part clean and service them?

syncrodoka Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:39 pm

You can open them up and clean the contacts with naval jelley and relube but they are usually toast. The front door actuators get water in them from leaky window scrapers and they rot out. Update us if you get them fixed
Good luck.

Steelhead Thu Dec 02, 2010 11:50 pm

I was able to a while back. Never thought it would last as long as it has. My experience included here. notes excerpted below.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=226120&highlight=actuator
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Key things to know:
- the motor screw always goes one direction and it's down (threads winding towards the motor).
- Consider bench testing the motor by itself.
- make sure both gears slide easily on the spindles.
- check the little springs that press the contact bar on the plunger.
- Don't get too hung up trying to figure out where to start the big gear when reassembling - it doesn't matter, it just goes around and around counter clock-wise (lock, unlock, lock, unlock, etc).
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McVanagon Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:46 am

syncrodoka wrote: You can open them up and clean the contacts with naval jelley and relube but they are usually toast. The front door actuators get water in them from leaky window scrapers and they rot out. Update us if you get them fixed
Good luck.

Believe me, I tried.



Thread with my solution:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=334352

Zeitgeist 13 Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:15 am

McVanagon wrote:

Believe me, I tried.




A'yup, my experience as well. For a little more than the price of one VW actuator, you can replace all four with Swiss MES brand units, AND have keyless entry. The MES actuators will almost directly bolt up to the factory mounts, so the install is quite easy--slight mods necessary. I highly recommend this very satisfactory addition.

http://www.a1electric.com/mes.htm

kobylan Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:38 am

Pm me. I have some extras I can part with.

Californio Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:44 am

If they're not too far gone, you can spray the insides with alcohol (brake cleaner), shake 'em up, and blow it out with compressed air. Then some WD40. Worked for me a year and a half ago.

Same thing with the power window switches--half the time a "bad" switch is a gunked up one, and the brake cleaner works wonders. Maybe contact cleaner as well, just something to get back to metal in there.

I learned this from owning Saabs which have the window switches mounted horizontally between the seats, perfect for soft drink entry...

Obviously if they're falling apart in your hand, as above, nothing will help.

I was also able to glue the torn rubber boots back together using flexible glue.

Bassyaks Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:31 pm

The Mabuchi motors can be purchased for you local hobby shop, Horizon which is a major distribitor for hobby shops stock a number of different motors, have them order them for you
They are very cheap .

good luck
Steve

audiphile Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:18 pm

THANK YOU Zeitgeist 13 for pointing me to a1electric. I bought a Corrado window regulator from them (which is a better design than the factory one) and am still happy with it years after. didn't know they made actuators...

I'm about to pull the trigger on this puppy and wire it in to replace the completely corroded motor of the factory actuator.
http://www.a1electric.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S..._Code=W16F

A factory part is $72.50 at 1stvwparts.com (New Part# 7D0959781A), however, which is a good price, but not as good as $20....

Zeitgeist 13 Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:28 pm

audiphile wrote: THANK YOU Zeitgeist 13 for pointing me to a1electric. I bought a Corrado window regulator from them (which is a better design than the factory one) and am still happy with it years after. didn't know they made actuators...

I'm about to pull the trigger on this puppy and wire it in to replace the completely corroded motor of the factory actuator.
http://www.a1electric.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S..._Code=W16F

A factory part is $72.50 at 1stvwparts.com (New Part# 7D0959781A), however, which is a good price, but not as good as $20....


I've been pimpin' that kit for so long, folks probably think I've got skin in the game--nope, it's just a really cool kit. I hope that actuator works well with the factory setup.

audiphile Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:04 pm

Zeitgeist 13 wrote: audiphile wrote: THANK YOU Zeitgeist 13 for pointing me to a1electric. I bought a Corrado window regulator from them (which is a better design than the factory one) and am still happy with it years after. didn't know they made actuators...

I'm about to pull the trigger on this puppy and wire it in to replace the completely corroded motor of the factory actuator.
http://www.a1electric.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?S..._Code=W16F

A factory part is $72.50 at 1stvwparts.com (New Part# 7D0959781A), however, which is a good price, but not as good as $20....


I've been pimpin' that kit for so long, folks probably think I've got skin in the game--nope, it's just a really cool kit. I hope that actuator works well with the factory setup.

well, it's been a month and I have not yet received this actuator... Gotta give them a call..



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