Door Actuator Question.


New Member
Mar 31, 2014
My driver side door won't lock when I try to lock it with both the key and electronically so I am assuming that the door actuator needs to be replaced since they are famous for going out.
I read somewhere online a while back that if I disconnect the wires from the actuator, I will be able to manually lock and unlock the door. Is this true? Was wondering about that this morning.
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It's been my experience that the twisting mechanism on the top of the actuator gets bound up and prevents the key from working the actuator. You can take the door panel apart and simply disconnect the rod that goes down to the actuator and it will be no different than having manual door locks. I've done this in plenty of mustangs I've owned over the years since like you said it is a rather common occurrence.

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