The new lock worked well until we reached the wet & cold part of Seattle winters.
Before installing them I coated the lock with lithium grease as well as the lock mechanism (not actuator). I also greased the inside of the lock cylinder (where the key is inserted) in hopes this would eliminate moisture issues.
Unfortunately the drivers door is starting to behave like its wanting to be like the front passenger door -- closed for business.
I'm thinking I should see if I can get some actuators for the front doors once I get to opening things up since it seems like they're a big part of the culprit. It's like there isn't sufficient power in the driver's door mechanism to fully open the door and that it has to thaw before the power door lock will unlock. When its cold (below 30F) I wonder if the tiny actuator motor just can't break any ice formed from moisture on the moving parts. The plastic shield is in place to limit the moisture, but I doubt its 100% successful at that.
Anyone have any favorite places for getting 1997 RAV4L 4-door door actuators for the front doors?
Pretty soon I'm thinking someone will turn me in for the "new" way I get into my car on cold mornings -- open the back door, crawl in to reach the drivers side passenger door & unlock it, crawl in the passenger door, shut that door behind me, crawl over the seats & stick shift to get to the driver's seat! The car has to warm up at least 30 minutes before I can open the drivers door from the inside (interior heaters blowing at the door at 100%). What a saga!
Thanks for any inputs on the actuator sources!