5 Dollar Fix: Toyota Sienna Automatic Sliding Door Actuator Latch Motor Replacement Tips (Part 1/2)



Part 1/2: Tips + ideas for releasing the window bolts + the inner-door electrical panel

Part 2/2: More tips for removing the actuator assembly + how door panel comes off / on

Hope this helps! For more detailed info, visit Sienna Chat forums or Toyota Nation… there is a lot of comprehensive discussion that helped to read first…

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36 thoughts on “5 Dollar Fix: Toyota Sienna Automatic Sliding Door Actuator Latch Motor Replacement Tips (Part 1/2)”

  1. My manual sliding door won't lock automatically, but it will unlock automatically when unlock is pressed. Is the $5 digikey actuator the solution? Also, if the actuator is the problem, do I need to take off all the bolts and pull the whole inside of the door off? Thanks.

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  2. Thanks! Just fixed the left rear on my '05 using your video. Had to drill out those screws and replace them with $2 worth of hardware, but super easy.

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  3. JBinCalifornia – I replaced my driver's side actuator latch motor last weekend. Works like a charm. The whole family is happy. The motor plus 2 new bolts to hold the actuator on is all it cost me. Thanks for the videos.

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  4. I just fixed my Sienna 2005 sliding door based on your video. it costed me $4.65 Plus tax and Shipping .. now it worked like a charm. THANKS

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  5. Two thumbs up, thanks a ton for your videos! We dd this job in a couple hours and saved a whole bunch of cash!

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  6. Just completed this repair on my passenger side sliding door on my 07' xle and thanks to this video I motor replacement myself for a little over $9. Of course I had the interior bolt issue but eventually got it out. Thanks for the tutorial

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  7. I need some help with my 2004 Toyota sienna. I don't know what's wrong with both of my sliding power door? it just can't open anymore.

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  8. Thanks so much! This saved my family a lot of $$$. Thanks to your tips, the job went great and the only mishap I had was that I broke the little plastic clip on the actuator when trying to pry it back to open it to get to the motor. I don't think that matters much. Thanks!!!

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  9. Had the same problem and my sliding door now works with my remote . Thanks for the video perfect . Every instruction was useful

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  10. JB, Thanks so much for making and posting this/these video(s). Even though I didn't go all the way to the $5 fix (since I found the whole motor online for less than $60), I got a lot of very valuable advise from your tips and tricks and got the job done in no time…! The combination of the suction cups and the masking tape tricks for sockets mean that there's only 2 missing 10-mm bolts in the bottom of my sliding door (would have been many MORE) and it's back together and functioning. You da man!!!

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  11. thanks for locating the motor (3:53 of the video). it was the best time saver of all. i used a dremel to cut the motor out from the part housing (an L-shape cut about 1/16" deep following the shape of the motor), without removing the part from the door panel, careful not to damage the spiral gear connected to the d-shaped shaft. pop the motor out from the 2 blade conductors and snap in the new motor in its place and insert the spiral gear into the d-shaped shaft. 2 wire ties to strap motor assembly back together to the part and for easy access in case the motor fails again. i used aluminum duct tape over the wire ties to keep part together in case of movement due to vibration. the digikey motor is good for the 2007 sienna too. http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=p14346-nd http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/bZ4AAOSwv0tVUPIc/s-l500.jpg

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  12. Just worked off your video for a nine dollar fix.  Used a soldering gun, not an iron, to free up the two mounting 6/32 screws.  Held it on for a few min. and worked like a charm to loosen up the blue locktite.  Many thanks for the tips:)

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  13. This video is very helpful! Thanks.
    I tried this repairing today. Have two tips here to share. For the Loctite holding the two screw, I tried to use a soldering iron to heat up the screw from the screw bottom side at beginning. It didn't work. Then I tried to heat it up from the screw head side. It works great. The whole screw was hot. When I touch the screw bottom, I can feel it is hot. I don't have problem to remove the two screws and use them again late.
    Another tricky thing is the window. I tried the tape it to prevent it drop today. But I feel the window can hold its position well even without the tape. It seems that the tape is useless. But when I tried to put the panel back after repairing, I find I have to lower the window control system little bit to make it get under the windows. Otherwise two small metal pieces on the metal bar keep hitting the window. Hope this helpful.

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  14. Very useful video. Thank you for letting me save hundreds bucks.
    As many guys had same problem, I failed to save two screws but found a door actuator motor repair all-in-one kit at eBay. It might be pricey but could be useful for someone like me who doesn't have many extras. I just needed basic home tools such as phillips screw driver, 10 mm wrench and a electric drill with 1/4 drill bit. Easy job with a lot of pleasure.

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  15. Wow! I mean, wow! I just did your fix in about an hour and a half! Worked great! The suction cup and tape on the socket bit was a 10 second life saver! 😆
    I used a 40w soldering iron on the end of the screw (the side facing you where you can see the brass fitting) and after about 30 seconds you can see the Loctite bubbling out from the threads. Turned the panel over, set it on a small box for a solid foundation, and used a cordless drill with a perfect fit Philips head. The screws came out like butter with no damage.
    I owe you a beer or something!! 😉🍻

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  16. Fixed my 2004 Sienna over the weekend. Actuator screws came right out with no issue. Whole job took only 2 hours. Only hick-up was during testing fix the door would not fully open. This was due to safety feature when window is more than a few inches open. I took most everything apart and put back together before figuring it out.

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  17. I should have watched this video FIRST! I broke the little clip……rookie…..Any chance you know where to find a new little clip thing?

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  18. Thanks so much for the helpful video! I got the job done today. Those stinking screws that hold that actuator in were such an incredible pain. I was banking on getting lucky and being able to just screw them out. The first one came out just fine! The second one required the dremel.

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  19. I found this video where he removed just a few bolts. I used that technique and left only the two back back bolts in. I use my soldering iron to temporarily loosen the Loctite by holding it to the end of the screw. and by using my #2 stubby screwdriver with the heat I was able to back the screw out without stripping it. A least on my second door. the first door I tried a heat gun, I ended up stripping one and got loosened the not of the other. working on a solution (there is a lot of Locktite on the screw) https://youtu.be/ivC0WdRTkNY

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  20. Just fixed mine like this, the screws on the actuator was a pain but other than that it went great. Did have to use a dremel on them. Thanks for posting this.

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  21. great video. THANK YOU. dont be afraid to do this. watch this video, parts 1 and 2. Also watch Rico L…as he is a garage mechanic and had a few tips this video did not cover. watch them 2 and 3 more times…Order the 5 dollar motor from digi. it is a stupid easy replacement in the actuator. the whole repair cost me less than 15 bucks in parts as i bought the suction cups to make my life easier. Toyota will charge you $1500-2000. i feel an hour of my time and 15 bucks is better deal

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  22. Question: Does the motor P14346-ND work for both doors? I would expect that the motor spins one way if the positive is attached to one lead on the motor and the other way if the motor is attached to the negative. If that's the case, then it should work on both doors.

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  23. I ordered the STANDARD MOTOR 12850 RPM 12VDC to digikey.com (P14346-ND PAN14EE12AA1). Price was $4.66 without shipping. Got the part after two days. Replace the motor and my sliding door is working great with remote key. Thanks for this video.

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  24. Why take the window out ; Too much! Just put two dent puller suction cups (glass carriers work too) on the window (with the window completely rolled up) at the base of the door/window frame – the window will not fall as the door frame is now able to prevent it slipping via the suction cups. Then you can remove all the bolts around the perimeter and also the bolts for the window register – the window regulator motor has 3 T-25 Screws behind it. Pay attention to all your bolt lengths as you pull them out. They are different!
    Do not heat the Actuator Motor screws or the retaining nuts – you will end up loosening the retaining nuts in the plastic housing and they will free spin inside the actuator housing. If the screws strip – dremel a slot in them to try and free them that way. If they still do not come out dremel the heads/washers off (they are one head and washer). Then the unit will pop out and you can deal with removing the screws easier with the unit out. On mine the nuts came out and I had to reinsert them – I also added a retaining nylon lock nut on them to be sure they were locked in. The screws are 4mm x 0.7mm(thread pitch) x 20mm – easily found in the metric section at Lowes.. the nuts I purchased were there too.. Cheers..

    This is not very very very complicated – it is straight forward and simple .. although tedious because of the screws that were used on the actuator! I recommend hex heads, socket heads, torx heads or something other than philips screw heads .. and definitely do not use Permanent Loctite!!!!

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  25. Hello there. Thank you for sharing this video. I have a 2005 Sienna LE and just recently I replaced a broken passenger side slider door cable since the time it broke. I can pull on the door handle to open and close the automatic slider door. The problem I am having now is , however, I cannot get the switches inside the car nor the remote to automatically open or close the slider. When I hit the switches, I hear a little clicking noise and just a slight jerking, but no full motion. Is this video the fix for this problem? If not, do you have any other videos that would describe how to solve my particular problem? Appreciate any help from you or others. Hedayat

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  26. Hi, my sienna 2005 right side power door do not closing by itself , when it come near to closing it going backward, what is the reason, is the motor got weaken??.

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  27. Great vid, JB. Thank you. Can you tell me if your door would open manually or not? I don't think that was mentioned in the video. Thanks again.

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