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How to Replace Door Lock Actuator & Integrated Latch 06-11 Chevy Impala

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  1. step : Removing the Door Panel (0:46)
    • Pry off the trim piece inside the door handle with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry off the reflector with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the 8mm bolt in the reflector spot
    • Remove the trim piece inside the door pull with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw in the door handle
    • Pry off the mirror base trim piece
    • Pry out the door panel
    • Lift the door panel up and off
    • Disconnect the latch cables from the door handle by pinching the tab with pliers
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
    • Carefully peel off the water shield
  2. step : Removing the Lock Actuator (2:33)
    • Disconnect the red clip
    • Remove the wiring harness from the actuator
    • Remove the yellow clip to disconnect the lock rod
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the window channel
    • Remove the window channel
    • Remove the three T30 Torx screws from the lock actuator
    • Disconnect the lock rod from the red clip
    • Remove the lock actuator from the door
    • Disconnect the latch cable from the actuator with pliers
    • Remove the lock rod from the actuator
    • Remove the yellow clip from the actuator with pliers
  3. step : Installing the New Lock Actuator (4:22)
    • Insert the yellow clip to the new lock actuator
    • Connect the lock rod to the new lock actuator
    • Connect the latch cable to the actuator
    • Insert the lock actuator into place
    • Insert the three T30 screws to the lock actuator
    • Insert the window channel into place
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts to the window channel
    • Connect the wiring harness
    • Insert the lock rod into the yellow clip
    • Insert the lock rod into the red clip
  4. step : Reinstalling the Door Panel (6:14)
    • Put the water shield into place
    • Connect the latch cables to the door handle
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Lift the door panel into place
    • Push in the door panel clips
    • Insert the T30 Torx screw in the door handle
    • Insert the two T30 Torx screws in the door pull
    • Insert the 8mm bolt in the reflector spot
    • Push on the mirror base trim piece
    • Push in the trim piece inside the door handle
    • Push in the trim piece inside the door pull
    • Push in the reflector

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In this video, we're going to show you how to remove and reinstall the latch mechanism and lock actuator in this 2006 Chevy Impala. We're going to show you the driver's front door. The driver or the passenger's front door is basically the same procedure. For this repair you'll need a small flat blade screwdriver, 8mm and 10mm sockets, a ratchet and extension, a T30 Torx driver (preferably the style that attaches to a ratchet), and a pair of pliers.

Start by pulling up on the door handle, and there's a little panel that you use a small screwdriver to pop out it pries right out. Then there's another small panel, that's your door pull that pulls up and out. Using the same small screwdriver, pry out on the reflector at the bottom corner. We'll fast-forward here. Behind where you took the reflector off there is an 8mm screw to remove, and then there are three T30 Torx screws. Two of them are at the door pull, and then one of them is behind where the inside door handle is. Remove all three of those.

Use a small flat blade screwdriver or some other flat tool to carefully pry on the triangle at the top of the door. Staring at the top front corner, pull firmly, and you'll start to release the clips. You slide your hand in all the way around and keep pulling on the door panel until it's free from the door. Once the clips around the outer perimeter are free, then you can pull the door panel up off the window ledge and out some more.

Now, using a pair of pliers, there's little tabs on the cable housing. Pinch the tabs and pull the cable housing through the back side of the door handle, and then pull the cable up and out. Then there is a lock, you pull the white part of the lock back which unlocks the connector. Then you can pull the connector free and take the panel off. Carefully remove the water shield. You want to avoid tearing this because you are going to reuse it.

The small flat blade screwdriver, kind of tough to video here, but there's a connector, you pry up on a clip and then pull the connector off. Then reach in with your finger, pull the yellow clip open, and pull that rod free. Next, remove the rear window channel by removing a 10mm bolt at the bottom of the door and loosening the 10mm bolt there. Pull the channel up and then manipulate it out of the door.

There are three T30 Torx bolts that hold the latch to the door. Remove those and we'll fast-forward as we do that. Up inside the door there is a rod that attaches to the lock. Push it back and out of its clip. Now we can remove the latch assembly, actually the rod that came down into that yellow clip gets in the way a little bit. Once we get that out of the way, pull it aside there, then we can bring the latch mechanism out and you can manipulate it off of the lock knob rod. You'll want to remove the latch cable by squeezing on the tabs. Pull the latch cable out and then free the ball from the socket. Then you'll pull off the lock rod. Then with a pair of pliers squeeze the clip and remove that clip.

Reinstall those new items on the replacement lock and latch assembly. Manipulate the latch into position. Get the lock knob rod on, and then make sure that you move the other rods out of the way and get it back and flush with the door. Again, we'll fast-forward here a little bit as we reinstall those three T30 screws. We always start them in there first. Make sure you start all three, and then tighten them up nice and firm.

If you didn't already remove the screw from the window channel, we found it easier to remove it all the way. Pop that grommet off of the lock knob rod, and that gives you the availability to see in there and be able to get that channel back in place. Start the bolts on and tighten them up nice and firm. Now we're going to reconnect the connector and push the lock down. Put that rod back into the yellow clip and lock it in. A little tough to film, but the other rod, put back into the red lock clip and pull it into place.

Now reinstall your water shield. To reinstall the door panel, bring it close to door and reengage the ball into the door handle. Then snap the cable housing in place. Now reach down in and reconnect your harness. You push the two connectors together and then flip the white clip up and over to walk it in place. Be sure to line up the door lock hole with the door lock knob. Then push the door panel down onto the windowsill. Make sure it goes on there correctly and then set the clips around the outside edge.

Now reinstall the three T30 Torx screws: one in behind the door handle and then the two behind the door pull. Then, once you have those done, reinstall the 8mm bolt or screw that goes in behind the reflector on the back of the door. Finish up by reinstalling the triangle trim piece up at the top, the little trim piece that goes in behind by your door handle, the trim piece that goes into the door pull cup, and finally the reflector on the backside.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

2006 - 2011  Chevrolet  Impala
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