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The power lock actuator no longer works on the rear door, driver's side of a 2008 Buick Lucerne. The local dealer estimates $275 to fix it. Is that a fair price? Or would that be a possible DIY project?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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The power lock actuator no longer works on the rear door, driver's side of a 2008 Buick Lucerne. The local dealer estimates $275 to fix it. Is that a fair price? Or would that be a possible DIY project?

Thanks in advance for your help.
It's not terribly difficult to replace. But, you do have to remove the inner door trim panel so you can get to the inside for remove and replace. Some cars have these riveted to the door itself. That's not a big deal. All you would have to do would be to grind off the rivet heads from the inner door(after the trim panel is removed). Watch were all the connectors are at for reassembly. When I do these, I grind off the rivet heads and during reassembly use 1/4" short bolts and nuts to secure the actuator. REMEMBER to use SHORT 1/4" bolts and nuts so there is no interferrence. ONE LAST THING, when you do this job, roll the window down approx 1/2 way and then "tape/secure the window in place(maybe 3 to 4 inches down). After that there will be a few screws that secure the lock assembly which will probably need to be removed and then unhook the conector to the lock assembly and proceed from there. Try to remember which screws went where.......... Generally they are all the same size but make sure as you are disassembling.
Best of luck Mr Goodwrench (Jake)
 

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The power lock actuator no longer works on the rear door, driver's side of a 2008 Buick Lucerne. The local dealer estimates $275 to fix it. Is that a fair price? Or would that be a possible DIY project?

Thanks in advance for your help.
That is a difficult subject to answer. First of all. a dealership will be the most expensive. Their shop hourly rates are pretty HIGH. If you can't do that job, call around a few independent auto repair shops for the best price. Secondly, shop around a few auto parts stores(or Amazon) for the best prices for the part. The actual repair would most likely take about an hour to do the job, times of the shop's hourly rate. Hope this helps you somewhat. As far as the part, check out Auto zone, NAPA, and go on line to amazon to find seller's prices. Hope some of this helps......Jake (mr goodwrench).
 
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