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Got this all started, replaced door lock actuator (driver's side) but am trying to reassemble everything and realized I had forgotten a few placement issues that aren't in these photos:

1. I did not disconnect the lock linkage at the back of the lock plate but at the other end where the linkage rod goes. I can't remember where that end of the rod attaches.

2. Same basic thing for the inner door handle linkage rod. Is there a photo or diagram showing where these both attach at the door lock side of things?

thanks. I am sitting here the next day after trying to get this done (to no avail) before the sun went down last night. I'd hate to limp into a dealer tomorrow with a door hanging loose and all the lock guts out. Like bad Honda ER...
 

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update

Thanks to this thread, I got everything back in place and the new actuator is working like a champ. Lot of stress and uncertainty for a non-gearhead, and I have to say i almost gave up three times - but in the end - I got it, thanks to you all.
 

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Hi Radioscooter, I am having the same problem as you. After reassembly I could not figure out how to reattach the linkage rod for the interior door latch, it does not seem long enough and I do not see anything that it could be attached to. Any tips greatly appreciated.
 

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Just got finished replacing my outer door handle. Great write up speed up the process quite a bit. I was having problems with the c-clip (it was a B****!). Finally after reading some other suggestions used Glide dental floss to get it out. folded the string over twice to give it a bit more strength, flung it around the c-clip and yanked. It popped out, cut my hand, but that was the hardest part.
 

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Another happy customer!

Thanks for the thread. Made the process much easier. I too did not remove the outer door handle, but it does make for some precarious work inside the door. Yet, do-able.

My '03 has caused me nothing but trouble since I got it in '08. A windshield washer motor and now this! All in 30000 miles. Sheesh! :grin:
 

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Door lock wear/replacement

Seems like my driver side door lock is worn. It's difficult to get the key inserted and to turn. Just fine in the passenger, rear, and ignition.

Is this a dealer, or a locksmith fix? Obviously I'd like the new lock to match the other locks on the car.
 

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I think you can go either way, although my guess is the Dealer may farm it out to a locksmith and then mark up their repair bill and pass it on to you. I had the same problem recently - I had a faulty aftermarket keyless entry and instead of dealing with it in a timely manner, I just used the key for a while instead and ended up wearing out the driver's door lock...I then purchased and installed the OEM keyless entry and then since I had my car at the Dealer for some other stuff, I went ahead and had them fix the lock as well. It wasn't cheap but they did fix the lock - they told me they had to rebuild it in order to be able to keep the key the same as all the other locks...I'm not sure if they did this themselves or had a locksmith do it. If you have a solid, reliable locksmith localy, I'd probably start by asking them their opinion and I bet they can fix it better and cheaper than the dealer.
 

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Seems like my driver side door lock is worn. It's difficult to get the key inserted and to turn. Just fine in the passenger, rear, and ignition.

Is this a dealer, or a locksmith fix? Obviously I'd like the new lock to match the other locks on the car.
I think this is what you are looking for ajchien, enjoy your reading.
 

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Looking for a simple part....

Hey Locksmith -

Great thread(s) - I've been following along and all this stuff is invaluable. Thanks so much for your knowledge.
For anyone following, I ended up purchasing the '
' for $24.04 on Amazon, installed it - and it worked like a charm.

But I kind of screwed up. :|

On instruction #4 of this thread,
I inadvertently popped off (and lost?) the "c-clip" that you show in the first pic of the third post in the 'key won't turn, problem & fix' thread. :shock:



I've ran a magnet everywhere I thought it dropped - and can't seem to find it. :twisted:
Is this a part I can find by just going to a Honda dealer? What should I ask for? :?
From what I've been reading, it's not unique to the Element.

I'm just looking for a way that I don't have to purchase an entire left door cylinder assembly like the one I found here.
Is this something I should ask from a local locksmith? :?

Once again - thanks so much for your help already with your great how-tos! :razz:
 

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Well, Locksmith. Looks easy enough. Happened to my son last night. Rolling window up and "pop" then window slid down. Hear the motor running, but window is tucked away. Thanks!!!
 

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Just a warning to those looking to pull off the panel. Over time (in hot and dry climates in particular) the plastic gets brittle. 3 of the little white plugs stayed in the door and ripped out of the slots in the panel. I grabbed some JB weld to strengthen the area for the plugs in hopes that if I have to remove the door again, it won't break. This could just be a desert thing because most plugs in my bumper/engine area broke so I keep a steady supply of those when I need to remove something.

I was replacing a window regulator which plagues almost every care out here. Don't know if the special tool would have helped me but I may grab if to see if it does next time.

Weird thing I noticed doing that repair: Passenger window will not work via the driver side control without the passenger switch hooked up.
 

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2008 doors are different

Just FYI - the preceding works GREAT for earlier Elements, but I am trying to remove the door panel from my wife's 2008 and it is different. I don't know how different yet. One thing though - the little trim piece at the lower rear of the window was held on by 2 screws (well hidden from the outside rubber). I broke the screw nibs off by forcing the part, thinking it was only a friction fit. Will be able to fix them (JB Weld) but be careful with 2008 and later. Other than the two broken screws, everything else seems to go as described above. I'll let you know if different. BTW - I am removing the door panel to fix a broken window clip - window no longer goes up or down. I did this with my 2006 too. Mostly requires jerry-rigging when you got to that point. I think I fabricated something out of copper for the 2006. If I come up with anything clever, I'll take a picture.

Steve

This piece...(borrowed from above)

 

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No screws on mine, which is an '07. Maybe you have an aftermarket replacement part?
 

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Locksmith, this post was spot on for changing my door checkers. If anyone else takes this on, you don't have to take the plastic off of the panel, you can easily shimmy them in and out of the speaker holes. I would post pics, but it really is a minor step. First checker took me over 1 hour, second took about 1/2hr. Don't be afraid of your Element. One day, they will probably be known for their practicality, reliability, and easy repairs. They are the volkswagens of 2003-2011.
 

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I have to change my passenger side regulator. To keep the window up while waiting for parts. First cut the bad motor cables from the track. Then drill a hole in the track under the edge of the window carriage at the top of the track's up limit. Install the track and window. Push the window up then put a bolt or pin in the hole you drilled. No nut needed. The weight of the window will hold it in place. No plastic and tape needed that way.
 

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Yeah, I also broke the screw connectors inside the left side window trim when removing door panel to replace regulator. I'll try the JB Weld idea. Thanks AZelementman.
 
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