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I have a 2011 Tundra CrewMax. I bought it a year ago in January and it was great up until this winter. It seems like when the snow starts to melt and my truck gets wet then all of the doors except the driver door will not unlock. (So my driver door is the only one that will function correctly 100% of the time). But if I manually unlock all of the doors that don't work then they will all lock. But this only happens when the truck gets wet. I have taken it through the car wash and it seems most of the time this will also make the door locks stop working but sometimes the door locks won't be affected. Maybe the cold has something to do with it but I don't know. I have taken it to the dealer twice now and the first time I dropped it off not working. But I have a third party warranty from compass so they have to send out an adjuster to watch the truck not work. But by time he got there the truck dried out by being in their shop and it got rejected. The second time I brought it in to them it wasn't working for a whole week then the night before my appointment it started working again so I soaked the truck with a hose then took it through a car wash and I still couldn't get it to act up. But I took it in anyways. They messed around with it and got it to act up and scheduled the adjuster to come out like three days later. And by then it started to work again. So it got rejected again. I don't know what else to do. I asked them what they think it is but they said they were going to replace the door actuators. This doesn't make sense to me because those aren't effected by water by being inside the door itself. Any help with this problem would be very appreciated!
 

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The door lock actuators seem to be a common problem. I'd let them fix them and see if that helps. Otherwise, I'd say you have a short somewhere.




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Some of my actuators went out on my 2009 and 2014 Tundras. Both CrewMax's.

My daughter's 2008 Double Cab never had the issue.

It's a pain in the butt, no doubt, but I greatly prefer this type of issue to the ones that other truck brands tend to have.
 

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This video and related post(s) on replacing just the door actuator motor is brilliant. Easy-peasy to follow. I just love these great insights and tutorials that pretty much BREAK-IT-OFF in the manufacturer's youknowhat. $6 fix for what the dealer (stealer???) says is hundreds. Brilliant.
 

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I agree, let them replace the actuators and go from there. Let us know if it fixes the problem, if not I have a few other ideas.
 

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My drivers door lock hasn't worked in a while, very annoying. The struggle is real.
 

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Hey thanks for the reply guys. I would have them replace the actuators but it wouldn't be under my warranty because they are currently working. When I get the truck back today I will see if they are working. If they aren't i want to try and meter to see if when i tell the doors to unlock if the doors are receiving the signal. If it does then I will replace the motors like @tridacna suggested with the videos. If it's not the motors then I will try tracing wires for a short.
 

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I have the same problem on my 2014. The deal has already replaced the driver side front door actuator and the rest are acting up now. I am going to record a video of them not working all the time and take it to the dealer.


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I have the same problem on my 2014. The deal has already replaced the driver side front door actuator and the rest are acting up now. I am going to record a video of them not working all the time and take it to the dealer.


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Good idea. A buddy of mine had the touch screen go out on his vett occasionally and he managed to get a pic off it. They replaced it just by seeing the picture.
 

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I wouuld love to know. My 2007 has 150k and no issues. My Sequoia has half the miles and 3 of 4 are out. I have replaced all motors as of today and the problem is still there. I can lock all doors but unlock only the drivers door This is too weird. Cn anyone help out with a schematic?
 

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I know this is fairly late but this is an annoying problem that we've dealt with over the last few years. We have had all 4 actuators replaced in our Tundra in the last 2 years. Luckily, we had purchased an extension on our warranty that lasts until October 2018. They have all been covered by our warranty. Just recently, the drivers side door began doing the same thing all over again. Total frustration. We're planning on getting it in to be replaced again. If we didnt' have the warranty, we would have been charged 300 + dollars each time. With as much as they are failing, replacing the motor each time noted in the videos in this post would be killing more time in my life than I want to deal with. We literally just replaced the rear passenger door actuator a month ago. We figured, "ok, all four have been replaced, we're good." Nope. Seriously considering trading it in for another truck.
 

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Hey thanks for the reply guys. I would have them replace the actuators but it wouldn't be under my warranty because they are currently working. When I get the truck back today I will see if they are working. If they aren't i want to try and meter to see if when i tell the doors to unlock if the doors are receiving the signal. If it does then I will replace the motors like @tridacna suggested with the videos. If it's not the motors then I will try tracing wires for a short.
It's NOT the actuators
 
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