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Hi guys,

I just purchased a 2005 FX45 from a family member. Now I'm learning all the in's and out's of it.

One issue I have is the driver door lock actuator does not work. I searched and found that it is a common issue.

I ordered a new actuator from USActuators.com that I found was recommended in one of this subjects. That was 5 days ago and still no confirmation of shipment. No answer when I call or email.

Does anyone know if they still do business?

Should I cancel and order from a dealer or find a used one?

Any recommendations are appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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USA Actuators has been around for quite a few years and I have seen many successful purchases from them in the past. That being said, I have read a few posts in the last year where they have been unresponsive and/or not shipped product in a timely manner. Have you already paid for the product?
 

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USA Actuators has been around for quite a few years and I have seen many successful purchases from them in the past. That being said, I have read a few posts in the last year where they have been unresponsive and/or not shipped product in a timely manner. Have you already paid for the product?
It says "pending" on my credit card. Won't go through till it's shipped. I've been waiting 5 days.
 

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After doing some more searching on here is seems usactuators are out of business. I will file a claim with paypal and cancel it.

Guess I'll find a used actuator or buy from the dealer.
 

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that's too bad. USA Actuators were quite economical from what I understand. The dealer is going to be 5x more expensive.
 

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How much for the used unit?
 

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Changed out the actuator last night with the used one. Wasn't the simplest thing to do removing the door handle. However it's done and works!!
 

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Thanks for posting that. FYI, the Factory door lock activators used a substandard capacitor [that's what I remember reading long ago.] One person did a DIY upgrade and eliminated that issue. I would suggest hanging onto your old one, particularly if it can be used to replace other inop ones.

These tend to stop working when the weather warms up and can affect all the locks. Once the weather cools the locks work great again. I confess to being lazy about this and just use my manual key when the locks refuse to cooperate.

I'm surprised that someone hasn't come up with a repair service for these as the original upgrade didn't sound particularly complicated- providing you understand how do do that type thing [I don't].


While I'm mentioning "fixes", a long time ago I started having gas gap sticking issues. The theory then was clean it and spray with WD-40 or something similar. I tried that and it worked great - for a while. After a while it again got uncooperative and I realzied that road grime gets in that area and it mucked up the WD-40. I finally cleaned the entire area out, including the access from that panel inside the right rear cargo area. Once cleaned up it has worked well ever since.

Good luck and Keep Enjoying
 

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WD40 works great for cleaning out/lubricating things like locks and the like but it does leave a coating that attracts dust and makes it stick. Cleaning like you have now done is the best way to "repair". Now that it is clean it will take a long time to develop a buildup of grime.

Many cleaning products operate this way. They clean things up great but leave a residue that attracts dirt which makes you use the product again to clean it up more often. This sells more product. Your car develops a cleaning product addiction.
 

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Thanks for posting that. FYI, the Factory door lock activators used a substandard capacitor [that's what I remember reading long ago.] One person did a DIY upgrade and eliminated that issue. I would suggest hanging onto your old one, particularly if it can be used to replace other inop ones.

These tend to stop working when the weather warms up and can affect all the locks. Once the weather cools the locks work great again. I confess to being lazy about this and just use my manual key when the locks refuse to cooperate.

I'm surprised that someone hasn't come up with a repair service for these as the original upgrade didn't sound particularly complicated- providing you understand how do do that type thing [I don't].


While I'm mentioning "fixes", a long time ago I started having gas gap sticking issues. The theory then was clean it and spray with WD-40 or something similar. I tried that and it worked great - for a while. After a while it again got uncooperative and I realzied that road grime gets in that area and it mucked up the WD-40. I finally cleaned the entire area out, including the access from that panel inside the right rear cargo area. Once cleaned up it has worked well ever since.

Good luck and Keep Enjoying
There are rebuilt and guaranteed actuators available from a specialist on ebay. I just ordered on for me '03 FX45.
I'll follow up when it arrives and I get it installed.
 

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After doing some more searching on here is seems usactuators are out of business. I will file a claim with paypal and cancel it.

Guess I'll find a used actuator or buy from the dealer.
That's too bad about USA Actuators. They are in Irvine CA correct? I purchased a set plus a set for the rear tailgate (for when they would fail). I'm in AZ so when one door started failing - the dealer quoted $3200. Thankfully, I have a mobile mechanic (who is an Infinity specialist) install the piggyback solution.
 
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