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Um... honestly I can't member lol. But it shouldn't be too much force, its just clips. And u have to do it from the inside. And it wasn't too tought to get back on.
 

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Um... honestly I can't member lol. But it shouldn't be too much force, its just clips. And u have to do it from the inside. And it wasn't too tought to get back on.
hmm i guess i will try again... i was able to unlatch the clips by flipping upward as you described.. but then actually sliding the bar out of the "hole" proved to be more difficult than i imagined.

Thanks again.

If anyone has any thoughts/input please let me know..
 

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great write-up! subscribed
 

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hmm i guess i will try again... i was able to unlatch the clips by flipping upward as you described.. but then actually sliding the bar out of the "hole" proved to be more difficult than i imagined.

Thanks again.

If anyone has any thoughts/input please let me know..

I can't get it out. How do you unlatch the clips?
 

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I just tried this tonight and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to separate the rods out of the clips. I tried pulling pretty hard but didn't want to break them. Very frustrating.
 

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i just took 3 hours to complete this. the two rods took the longest to figure out.

the short rod connects to a pink & white plastic connector. you have snap off the white and the pink plastic piece connector then you can push out the rod.

the longer rod connects to a light yellow connector. you need to snap it off then push the rod toward the left (or rear of the car) and it will pop out. i had to use medium pressure.

hope this helps.
 

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Just spent the day removing the actuator, of course following this DYI as close as possible. Looks like the most difficult part was sort of commented on. THE hardest part seems to be the two posts. One is to the door lock (with a white, and pink clip- thin short rod- also the easiest one after you figure out to remove both clips), and the thick rod that goes to the door handle, and controls the actual door latch (Not the lock). I found it was easier to access this by removing the door handle bolt on the inside (single bolt), and the bolt in the door well side that is covered by a set screw, and pops off (behind which you will find another bolt that holds the outside door handle on). Once you do that, if your door latch actuator is loose, you can pull your door handle out from the outside, and you have more room, and leverage to pop off the thick bar. Hope this helps! Unfortunately I'm a glutton for punishment, and I also just bought the actuator motor ($10) on ebay, and spent time replacing the motor as well. I ended up taking about 4 hrs, but like most DYIers... learned a lot, and loved the fact that I did it myself. I'm hoping this might save the next guy some time!!.
 

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Hey! nice rep, I did change the motor, installed one of those from Mabutchi, and it worked just fine first few times I tried to lock and unlock...and then it stopped working...so i unplugged the connector, the one on the picture, tried again and it worked...so now it's working fine while that connector is unplugged, on the other hand, it does not react at all to remote when it's plugged in. And if I want to open the window i gotta plug it back in...so sick of doing it. So please reply if there any idea how to fix it :) [2005 is300]
 

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Great write up! I just replaced my lock actuator in the passenger front door. I noticed that most of the posted part numbers for these lock actuators are for 01-03 IS300s. My 04 actually used a different part number than the one provided for the passenger lock actuator. Thanks for saving me some money!
 

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It's funny how it's an Aisin door actuator. Today was a pain the clips are the worst thing. Anyone actually have the part number to the clip in the first step. Also figure out an easier method without breaking those two fragile clips
 

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Had trouble with the rods too

For this step.. i was able to find the clips you were talking about. But i was not able to slip the bar out. How much force does it take? Did you take it off from the inside? Or is there a way to do it from the outside...
I couldn't figure out how to remove the rods. I unhooked the plastic clips that lock the rods into place. But the rods wouldn't pop out. I gave in and removed the window, which allows you more room to work the rods from above.

Those same plastic clips swivel out of the way and are mounted where the rod ends poke through. The clips act like a grommet. So you need to go to the back side where the rods poke through and spread the grommet tabs a little. And voila, the rods will finally pop out.

Kinda aggravating not realizing this sooner! Doh!
 

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Wish I had read ptazman post about door handle much easier than trying to get my hand up there to get the rod clip off. Hardest F ing thing to do man that pissed me off, to late now broke the clip on door handle so must replace that part now .This is probably the least explained task & the hardest, really need to know whats up there before start pulling & pushing shit, so go slow here friends this is cursing territory
 

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I couldn't figure out how to remove the rods. I unhooked the plastic clips that lock the rods into place. But the rods wouldn't pop out. I gave in and removed the window, which allows you more room to work the rods from above.

Those same plastic clips swivel out of the way and are mounted where the rod ends poke through. The clips act like a grommet. So you need to go to the back side where the rods poke through and spread the grommet tabs a little. And voila, the rods will finally pop out.

Kinda aggravating not realizing this sooner! Doh!
yeah i finally figured it out.. i ended up posting a DIY on how to just replace the motor in the actuator..
 

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did this on sunday. great info!

Both front doors. Got trouble only with clips. Passengers door i removed the outside handle to get to the clip part. then you can undo the clip with fingers from outside. on drivers door it was a little different because of the lock system being in the way and could not take all handle out but still easier than trying to pull the plastics out when you cant see it. i just used a screwdriver to push the rod out.

i got 2 questions thou. i got a 04 IS300 and my doors lock once i put it in gear, but the doors dont unlock after i shut the engine? is it supposed to be that way?
and other thing is that i got a little resistance opening drivers door from inside. i think that has something to do with the car locking itself also.
 

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Did this today. By far the hardest part was getting the door handle rod off. As others has said, flip the clip upwards first, then push toward rear of car. For the pink one, flip pink clip upwards first, then flip white clip upward, then unhook rod from clip (away from the outside of the door. Also, the passenger side only has one rod. Lastly, for me I find taking apart the handle did nothing for me. In fact, it was easier to leave the torx screws and the handle in when I need to push the rod toward the rear of the car to undo the door handle rod. Also, to be clear, you have to loosen the lower cover as well, as the actuator comes out from the lower opening.

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Ok, I just realise Jason posted a diagram with parts, and from that it does look like there are two parts that are near the handle (and I recall I only put one of the part back in). They're the outside handle retainer and outside handle protector.

 

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Old thread, buti just fixed the actuator on my girlfriends is300.

I didn't buy a new motor. There is a way to fix it at no cost, just your own time to do it.

I took everything apart. Once I got to the motor, there is two tab holding the motor together. Pry it off. Once inside the motor, on the other side of the white plastic piece, you'll see a square looking metal piece. Take it out and clean it off.Wrap aluminum foil and install back on. Plug in just the motor to the harness. Press the button by the door latch on the door jamb, and then use your fob to lock/unlock. This should work.
 
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