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2007-2014 GM Door Lock Actuator Repair

0.50 LBS

Product Description

*** Click Here For the Installation Video !! ***  (thanks Fernando!)

*** PLEASE NOTE : For 2014 Models, Please Email Us The Actuator Part Number Before Ordering !  There was a VIN split in 2014.  The new style 2014+ Motors Can Be Ordered Here -- Click Here --

As many of you already know, the door lock actuators in your 2007-2014 GM vehicle are very unreliable.  Most units suffer motor failures which can make locking and unlocking the vehicle very cumbersome.  GruvenParts.com has been repairing the faulty GM door lock actuators since 2010.  Our new motor is a reliable high torque design with factory correct wiring inputs. Our motor has passed rigorous 35,000 lock/unlock cycle testing runs conducted continuously over the span of 2 full weeks.  Please read the repair options listed below before ordering.

Repair Options

  • Buy Motor Only and Install it Yourself and Save $$.  You can also choose to have the motor shipped with a new brass pinion gear preinstalled - this will save you the hassle of removing the old gear and pressing it onto the the new motor shaft.  Reference the repair instructions listed at the bottom of this page or watch the youtube installation video. Choose passenger side or drivers side from the drop down menu.  The motors are the same front to back, but they are different drivers side to passenger side.
  • Buy a Repaired Actuator : Our FAA licensed Airframe and Powerplant mechanics disassemble the broken actuators, clean and lubricate the core components, and replace the unreliable GM electric motor within the unit with our reliable high torque design. The repaired units are bolted back together using appropriate fasteners and can be easily re-serviced if necessary.  The repaired assembly is fully tested prior to shipping.  Please email Paul@GruvenParts.com with your actuator part number before choosing this option so we can ensure we have it in stock. You can call your dealer and provide them your VIN # and they will give you all your actuator part numbers. Remember : LF (Left Front) is Drivers Side Front, RR (Right Rear) is Passenger Side Rear.  You will receive a $20 core refund when you send your old unit back to us in repairable condition.  Please reference the address below.
  • Send Us Your Actuator for Repair : Send your actuator along with copy of your invoice to the address specified below.  We will perform the repair and send it back to you, usually within 1-2 weeks 
  • If you are located near Atlanta, we have a Certified GM Master Technician who can perform the installation on your vehicle.  Please email Paul@GruvenParts.com for details. 


Eligible Models

2007-2014 GM models including Tahoe, Yukon, Escalade, Silverado, Suburban, Sierra, Avalanche (and others) as well as Malibu and Cadillac sedans using any of the following door lock actuator part numbers (and very likely many others):

25873487 25876390 15896625 25945737 15896626 25876389 25873488 25945736 20783850 25811735 25876386 25945752 25848878 25866299 25863021 25876382 25955017 22741770 22862025 25876384 25863019 25876388 15896624 25873485 25945754 20783852 25876393 25789215 25876394 25945741 25876387 25873486 25789213 25876385 25945738 25876391 20783859 15896628 25873490 25789219 25876397 25945749 25876383 22785476 22785607 25876451 25843164 22791036 22862238 25876521 25876380 20783844 25945746 25863017 25876398 20777854 20777855 25945739 15896627 25876392 20783860 25873489 25876536 22791011 19210210 25873490 13581405 22865521 25829641 25876452 20772313 20772312 22865519 25876463 22865520 25876451 20772311 25876462 22865518 25840363 20785785 25879295

Send In / Core Refund :  

There is a $20 core refund if ordering the entire actuator which is refunded when you send us your old door lock actuator in serviceable condition (ie, not ripped apart, burned, run over, ect...). There is no core charge for the motor only option.  Please send your old actuator or your Send In For Repair actuator to :

Please Email : Paul@GruvenParts.com for the Send In Address

Please include a copy of your original order invoice and write either "CORE" or "SEND IN FOR REPAIR" on the package.

Buy Back Program

Do you have a dead actuator lying around the garage? Are you a GM service tech and have buckets of these things collecting dust? You may be able to send it to us for $10 each, or a store credit. We are actively building our Cores inventory and we need your actuators. If they are serviceable, we'll issue you a check for $10 ea, or a credit towards any GruvenParts.com order. Take your shop out for lunch on us!  Please email Paul@GruvenParts.com with your part number(s) to set this up.

** Instructions for Installing Motor Yourself **

*** Click Here For the Installation Video !! ***  (thanks Fernando!)

To change out the motor yourself, do the following :

A. Drill off the 2 rivet heads holding the cable "L" bracket onto the actuator case and remove the cable "L" bracket.  The actual rivets themselves stay in place, you are only machining off the rivet heads enough to get the L Bracket off.  Some have just used a dremel tool with grinding bit to remove rivet head.  Be careful not to damage the surrounding actuator structure.  ** Users Note ** Some have drilled the small pilot hole into the rivet BEFORE machining off the rivet head.  This can help to ensure the rivet doesnt spin while drilling the pilot hole, since the rivet head is still there to hold it in place.  We machine the head of rivet off 1st, but you could also machine pilot hole 1st, either way is acceptable.

B. Put actuator in the locked position (as if door was shut) and remove the torx screws around the perimeter of the case.  This step is important because it moves the internal mechanism out of the way and allows for easier removal and installation of the case halves.

C. Remove the top of the case (the motor will come with it).  Unplug motor from top case.

D. (Skip this step if buying motor with pinion gear preinstalled).  Use a small gear puller (like the Walkera W010 Gear Pinion Puller) to remove the brass pinion gear from the old motor.  A puller for 2mm shaft works well, these are readily available on Amazon.com.  You can also place the old motor in a vice, and use a small pair of needle nose pliers to grab the back of the gear while tapping with a small hammer to push the gear off the shaft.  Do not damage the brass gear as it is reused.  Press old gear onto new motor shaft using vice or arbor press.  

E. Place the new motor/gear back into the actuator and ensure it meshes with the mating spur gear.  Ensure all metal filings are removed from the inside of the case.  Please note : our motors marked "CW" go in the drivers side actuators and "CCW" go in the passenger side actuators.  It is the same motor front to back, the only difference is side - passenger side is CCW while drivers side is CW.

F. Reinstall top half of actuator case.  

G. Reinstall perimeter torx screws.  Do not over-torque them, just snug them up firmly.

H. Reattach cable "L" bracket. This can be done via drilling/tapping the remaining rivet shank and installing small screws/washers (we use #6-32 screws with flat washers and loctite). Or you can spot weld the bracket back onto the rivet shank.  Some others have used #8-32 screws as this provides a slightly larger tap.  Please do not use cheap taps here, the rivet is high strength steel so a high quality tap is recommended.  If you own a 4 door, you will be doing this 4 times so invest in a good tap to prevent breaking the tap in the rivet.  Tap SLOW using back/forth method until the threads are sufficiently deep, 1/4-1/2" is plenty.  Use loctite on the small screws to prevent the L Bracket from becoming dislodged later.  As a final suggestion on this step - some have just drilled a shallow hole into the rivet shank and used a self tapping metal screw to bite into the hole.  This works as well, and saves you the trouble of tapping a hole into the rivet shank.

*** After the install ***

Please do not reinstall the interior door panel until you have successfully operated the mechanism several dozen times to ensure all was put back together correctly.  We recommend installing the repaired actuator, lowering the window, then closing the door.  Verify both the interior and exterior door release handles function properly.  Then, start the engine, and ensure the vehicle recognizes the door is shut (doesn’t keep the dome light on, or chiming). Operate the power locks a dozen or so times, the lock should lock and unlock rapidly with a forceful "snap" as it moves (the way it did when it was new).  Only then should you finalize installation by reinstalling the door panel.





Product Reviews

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  1. This is the way to go! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jul 2018

    Bought the motor with gear pre-installed, everything went pretty smooth and lock pops nice and quick now. The actuator i rebuilt was an aftermarket that only lasted 2 years, either buy the motor and rebuild it yourself or buy Gruvens actuator thats already done, dont waste your time with cheap aftermarket parts. If you dont have fabrication experience just buy the whole actuator and it will be a painless swap, the rebuild requires more tools but its not too bad, the video on the website shows you how its done.

  2. Great replacement over replacing whole latch assembly 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jul 2018

    Great way to make the repair for less than half of the cost of replacing the whole latch assembly from GM. Just did drivers side back door on suburban with one of these motors and the passenger side started acting up not even a week later. I have since replaced it also, only regret was not purchasing both sides at the same time to save on shipping.

    Time will tell how much longer these motors last versus the GM ones.

    I was unable to follow the install instructions fully. I was unable to drill through the rivets on either door latch even with a brand new milwaukee brand drill bit. I ground the heads down far enough to pop the L bracket off, did the motor swap then reinstalled the L bracket by putting a spot weld on top of the existing rivet head to hold the bracket down.

  3. Best Option 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Jul 2018

    I was very happy with the results.Changing the motor was a breeze.Best option for this repair. Saved money,well worth the effort. Installation Video was A+

  4. GM Door Actuator Motor 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jun 2018

    I just ordered the passenger side first to make sure I could do the job. Turned out great! Much cheaper than the 'Stealer' wanted. I just ordered the driver side today

  5. Actuator motors work like they are supposed to!!!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd May 2018

    I bought the parts and watched the video 3 times. Installation took some time, but everything worked great and I couldn't be happier with the product!

  6. Finally Fixed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Apr 2018

    I have had the dealership replace all 4 of my lock actuators over 6 years. The last one, my driver's door, I needed a different solution. I installed the new motor from Gruven and now the lock fires unlocked / locked position. Sounds so much stronger than GM version. Only complaint was my replacement was for driver's side and video instruction was for passenger. Driver's side has the addition of a connecting rod to the key lock, and it is a bear to get off and worse to get back on. Very pleased with purchase!

  7. GM Door Actuator Motors 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Mar 2018

    The power door locks on my 2008 Pontiac had not been working for several years. The auto parts store wanted about $125.00 each for the actuators. When I found online that Gruven Parts had the small electric motors for $25.00 to $35.00 each to rebuild the actuators, I watched the installation video on their website (which is very good} and decided to try it. I ordered one to try on my driver's door and it came in less than a week. I repaired my actuator and it works like new. I ordered three more for the other doors,repaired and now all are working fine.
    You do need to have some mechanical ability to do the repair though.

  8. Product worked flawlessly! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Feb 2018

    Easy to follow video instructions. No complaints! Saved a lot of money by DIY.

  9. worked great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Feb 2018

    great installation video. part was easy to change and saved me a ton of money

  10. Good product with very helpful video. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Dec 2017

    This product worked as advertised and installed exactly as the video said.

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