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2005 Chrysler Town & Country Base 4dr SWB FWD

2005 Chrysler Town & Country
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Front Wheel Drive, 5 Door, 2WD Minivans
19 mpg city / 26 mpg hwy
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September 13, 2012, 8:35 am

Heather K

Question: Bad Lock Actuator, or something else???

I recently purchased my 2005 T&C Touring from a dealer. At the time of purchase the power locks did not work. I replaced the battery in the key fob, disconnected the battery cables, removed/visually inspected/reinserted all fuses then reconnected the battery cables and the power locks all work except the driver-side rear slider. Both rear doors and hatch are all power open/close and all work with interior buttons and key fob EXCEPT this driver-side slider. It seems no power is getting to it at all, however it is very easy to manually unlock and open (no resistance) and all visible parts (track, chain-like wire housing, etc...) are all in like-new condition. The previous owner took exceptional care of the van, obviously and per the CarFax report there has been no accident damage. My question is: could a bad actuator be responsible for my problem, or should I be looking at a different culprit? I have learned this is a very common issue for this model/year, but prior to replacing this part I, of course, want to be sure this will fix the problem. As a result of the power lock not working I am unable to activate my anti-theft alarm, also, which is very disconcerting to me. Thanks for any assistance and advice in advance.

2001 - 2007 Chrysler Town & Country Rear Side Sliding Door Lock Actuator

September 16, 2012, 9:42 pm

Ron W
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Could be the actuator. Best to check for power at the actuator when pushing the lock or unlock button. If it getting to the actuator but nothing is happening, the actuator is probably defective.

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