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Front passenger door actuator DIY gone bad

Hello everyone! New to the forum but I've been using it as a guide, love this place! I have a 2003 IS300 and I'm having an issue with my front passenger door.

I replaced the actuator, door wasn't unlocking remotely so I thought, "might as well swap the actuator." Got everything swapped, I closed the door, door unlocks, it just wont open now... I goofed.

Anyone have the same issue or can anyone offer a solution? I saw on some other forums that prying the door would do it but then I'd have to replace it. Lexus dealership said they'd do it for 400 bucks. Seems like I've made an expensive mistake. Any advice would be appreciated!

I have a YouTube video that shows the issue if anyone is interested!

Thanks again!
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1 - Would be cheaper and easier to fix to cut into the door card itself. If it was me I'd remove the passenger seat, then remove the driver seat through the passenger side. Then you ought to be able to get at all the door card screws to remove it while the door is closed.

2 - I might put the window down and see if I can see the mechanism.

3 - I might try a regular "slim jim" into the door mechanism

4 - Or pull off the door handle trim and see if pulling the rods directly can unlock the door.

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1 - Would be cheaper and easier to fix to cut into the door card itself. If it was me I'd remove the passenger seat, then remove the driver seat through the passenger side. Then you ought to be able to get at all the door card screws to remove it while the door is closed.

2 - I might put the window down and see if I can see the mechanism.

3 - I might try a regular "slim jim" into the door mechanism

4 - Or pull off the door handle trim and see if pulling the rods directly can unlock the door.

Thanks! I'll give it the ol' college try! My boss' friend has a body shop, said he'd take a look at it as well! I'll post results and will give a warning to test before you lock everything up!
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Front passenger door actuator DIY gone bad

https://youtu.be/oMJbGR1IRdk

I have the exact same situation but it was my Front Door Driver Side. This video helps you open your door without damaging your car.

Good luck

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https://youtu.be/oMJbGR1IRdk

I have the exact same situation but it was my Front Door Driver Side. This video helps you open your door without damaging your car.

Good luck <img src="https://my.is/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
You are a GOD among us!! Thank you!!
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https://youtu.be/oMJbGR1IRdk

I have the exact same situation but it was my Front Door Driver Side. This video helps you open your door without damaging your car.

Good luck <img src="https://my.is/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I do have a question, where did I go wrong?
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I do have a question, where did I go wrong?
There a multitude of potential reasons things could have went wrong with the installation. Actuators are pretty simple but failing to reconnect all the components and testing before closing the door should always be accounted for. If you're curious, you could get a second Actuator that you won't use and fiddle around with it to learn how the mechanisms work etc. I suggest wearing some gloves because they can get pretty sticky and gross.
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UPDATE

For those who are changing your door actuator, TEST BEFORE YOU CLOSE THE DOOR.

My door locking mechanism wasn't completely attached to the pull handles so when I pulled the handles to open it it wouldn't open. Removed the B pillar cover and got to work on the bolts holding the striker plate. Sawzalls tend to do the job very fast. I was quoted around $400-$500(could've been alot more) to have the door fixed at the dealership. Totals spend on this fix was about 70 bucks. I bought a small sawzall and had alot of help from my dad and brother! Thank you Sleetui for that very helpful video!

ONCE AGAIN, TEST BEFORE YOU BUTTON EVERYTHING UP!
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