A year ago this time, I replaced the Left Rear door lock actuator for my CR-V.
Today I renewed my Youtube Renaissance Man membership. At 175k miles and 13 years of age, I had to replace the Right Rear side door lock actuator as well.
I was quoted a repair price of $311 from a local dealer for this repair. I completed it in less than an hour, owing to previous experience.
I Bought This Part
It's less than $60.
I Used These Tools
- #2 Phillips screwdriver for most work
- A really small flat-head screwdriver for prying
- #3 Phillips Screwdriver for the large screws that hold the latch assembly in place.
I Watched These Videos
To disassemble the Door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTVAywRmK1A
* Remove plate and screws from inner door handle * Remove screws from under grab handle * Pry up switch panel, remove switch panel * Finger pry to remove Triangle trim by window, and pop clip underneath * Mask Tape Window Trim because removing and re-installing the door will scratch the trim. * Remove inner handle from rod and set aside * pull entire door panel toward yourself, then lift up and off * unplug panel speaker from door panel * If any clips stay with door, move them to the panel
And to disassemble the lock actuator, I had to combine info from two videos. The first one discusses removing a front door lock latch assembly which is actually more complex:
This video is a very badly done left rear lock actuator replacement. He doesn't remove the entire latch assembly and that is my recommendation. https://youtu.be/6dA40yLao1U
With this diagram as reference...
...here is the sequence I recommend:
- disconnect the rod that goes to the lock stem and knob (#6)
- unsnap both rods from the door (holder/guide #13)
- remove the 2 screws for the black tray (#24) which is behind the rods
- remove the black tray
- disconnect the rod from the exterior door handle to the latch assembly (connects to top left of #17)
- Using a #3 Philips screwdriver, remove the 3 large screws (#38 in diagram) holding in the latch assembly.
- pull the latch assembly out using the rods and find a nice flat place to work
- remove the screw (#39) that is securing white plastic protector (#18) and remove from assembly
- remove 2 screws (#35) attaching actuator (#1) to latch assembly (#17)... you may need to pivot the green plastic thing outward to get the actuator to disenage from the latch assembly. There is nearly no force required to remove it.
- attach your new assembly and start reversing all of these steps.