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Installing Power door locks & Keyless entry
in a Chevy Silverado pickup truck.
Mounting the door lock actuators
Our objective is to use the electric actuator to move the rod back and forth. Our door lock actuator must be mounted so that it is parallel to the throw of the door lock linkage in the truck door. It must also be mounted where it will not interfere with the window or window mechanism and where it will not interfere with the door panel. We have chosen the spot circled in red above to mount the actuator.
The strap from the kit is used to span the hole in the door. The nose of the actuator is mounted to the strap. A 3/16 inch hole is drilled into the door for the rear actuator mounting screw (blue arrows). With the actuator mounted, the lock actuator rod is bent to match the original linkage and cut to length.
Note that the way we have our actuator mounted, it's stroke will move forward and back, following the same line as the original rod (red arrow). The actuator rod is centered and aligned per instructions in the kit and the rod clamp is tightened in place with the allen wrench provided in the kit. This centering step is very important for central locking kits. Both the door lock actuator and the original lock linkage must pass the center of their respective movements at the same time.
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