Do All Power Door Locks Contain an Actuator?


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A power door lock actuator is the mechanism in all vehicles that feature power lock doors. Each door has its own actuator, although they work in unison when locked or unlocked.

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Without a power door lock actuator, the power lock feature will not function. The actuator is usually part of the door's locking mechanism. Some newer cars feature integrated actuators rather than a remote rod or cable connection. When the power lock feature is used with a switch or remote fob, an electrical current is sent to the actuator that locks and unlocks the doors. The durability of a power lock actuator depends on the manufacturer and usage.

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