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Well, stage 1 fix complete. Installed the new lock cylinder today for the driver's side. Took about 1.5 hrs to pull the old one and replace it. Lubed the new lock cylinder with lithium grease as well as the latch on the side of the door.
Initially I was having trouble getting the new one's bolt tab to match up with the door handle and the bolt hole. Swapped the position of the lock to between the handle and the door and it set into place better. At first I had it on the inside of the plastic handle and the lock cylinder didn't seem to seat in quite right.
From the tests I've done so far, it works nicely -- the door locks and unlocks with one turn (versus repeatedly turning the key hoping it would unlock).
Passenger side will wait til I get a nice day to go fishing with the coat hangar.
The old lock cylinder looks a bit corroded on the end that links to the rod. The inside cylinder parts look somewhat dark, but that's likely the graphite which I'd tried earlier. Later I'll see whether this cylinder still has a "hitch" in it after cleaning it and lubing it well. My sense though is that it is quite worn after 12+ years of use.
By the way, TNA auto parts in S. Cal. had a great buy on the lock cylinders and keys -- both front door cylinders + 2 keys at $44. Compare that to having a different key for both front doors plus a $40+ price tag for each cylinder. So, kudos to them for a reasonable solution.
I'll post back after I reattack the passenger door. My suspicion is that the actuator is frozen due to rust from moisture since the car sat for 6 months. Hopefully I'll be able to leverage it open with the coat hangar. Then I plan to pull, clean, and lube the actuator and possibly replace the lock cylinder depending on how it responds after the actuator is unfrozen.
Thanks for all the help here.
If anyone has any additional suggestions on unfreezing the actuator or on a good source for actuators for a '97 4-door RAV4 I'm all ears.