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Door locking issues (1998)

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WThomas1250, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Mar 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    WThomas1250 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    First Name:
    Fredericksburg, VA
    I have a '98 Xtra-Cab SR5 4x4. I have 2 issues with the door locks:

    1. It has power door locks, but they don't work (I bought the truck a couple months ago, so Idk how long this has been a problem) When I press the button, it makes noise & the locks move a little bit, but it doesn't seem to have enough power to lock it. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, is it an easy fix?

    2. Since my power locks don't work, I have to use my key to unlock the truck. My driver's side door has issues unlocking from the outside (with my old key & my new key) It only works if you wiggle it and fight with it. Does anyone have this issue?

  2. Mar 21, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    yoTaco98 Well-Known Member

    May 14, 2011
    First Name:
    1998 V6 Xtra-Cab Tacoma 4x4 SR5
    5100's Front and Rears, Toytec Eibach Coils, All Pro 3" Standard Leafs, BAMF BPV Bracket, ARMA Sprayed Bedliner, TGD Hunter Bull Bar, Blacked-out Headlights and Corners, Revtek 1" Diff Drop, Start Command Remote Start and Keyless Entry, Pioneer DEH-11E HU...

    Its a pretty basic issue that happens to many older vehicles.

    There is a lever attached to motor/electrical compnent of the door locks. Some how over time, this lever has broken off, or come loose.

    It's different on every vehicle, but it works the same way. Which is why you can see the door lock move a bit. The loose lever is striking the door lock, but since it's not attached, it won't push up on the lock.

    I bet if you remove the door panel, and inspect the door lock mechanism, you'll see that something has come loose.

    Removing the door panel is very easy. There's like two screws located by the door handle on the interior, and a push clip up by the side view mirror. Once those are off, the panel just pulls forwards, since it's attached to the door with a clips.

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