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Chevy Tahoe Door Lock Problem



  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Thank you for taking the time to post your experience with GM Customer Assistance. If you have any other questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact us! :-)
    GM Customer Service
  • gmcustsvcgmcustsvc Posts: 4,001
    Thank you for taking the time to post your frustrations and concerns. Can you please email me directly with your VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer? I would like to look into this further for you. I look forward to your email.
    GM Customer Service
  • I too am having the same problem as all of you with the actuator on my drivers door. I called the local dealer who said he would "help me out since it's a known problem and do it for $100". I just emailed Sarah and Christina at customer service to see what they can do, I'll post the results.
  • Ok. Here is a fix I setup info for to fix these bad $100 locks for 5 bucks.

    Enjoy. GM, shove it!

  • kriskakriska Posts: 1
    I have a 2008 chevy tohoe that has been having the same door lock actuator problem. I've already replaced the two rear doors at my own cost and the passenger door is now broken. I was thinking of replacing it myself, but I don't want to break the door panel.
    Can you do anything to help?
    VIN: 1GNFK13098R192426
    Mileage: 110,200
  • So it has been 6 days and never heard back from anyone at GM, so I broke down and spent the $100 to get it fixed. Disappointing. I have driven Chevy's since 96 (2 Tahoes), while my wife has had Ford Mustangs the whole time with no problems. Maybe it time to try a Ford Expedition or Explorer.
  • I'm sorry that you were never responded to! Did you send the email to I know that Christina, who answers the inbound emails from the forum, has been on top of the inbound emails this week and if you weren't responded to perhaps it did not come through. Again, our apologies!

    GM Customer Service
  • Thanks for responding Sarah. I just re-emailed the original message. Hope you can help.
  • Does this fix work with remote start vehicles? I have looked into this for a while, but was unsure if it interfered with that feature... Thanks.
  • What $5 door lock fix are you referencing? Is there another thread out there?
  • Let me know if you hear back, thuber22; if not I have an alternative email you can try!

    Sarah, GM Customer Service
  • See message #608 of this thread. There is a link there that will take you to the $5 fix along with an additional link to buy the parts. For $5, you can replace a bunch of them yourself before you match GM's cost.
  • Well, I heard back from GM and just as all of you have stated before after several emails back and forth they stated there is nothing they can do to help. What a waste of time and a disappointment for a minor issue that GM could easily cover when it occurs in a goodfaith effort to mainitain customer loyalty and trust. I guess I'm old fashioned but I expect more out of a $40,000 car and top ten Fortune 500 company. Here is the exact post I got from GM:

    Thank you for your update. At this time there isn't much that I can do. If you have any other concerns, please feel free to email me directly and I can look into things further at that time. I apologize for your frustrations and inconvenience.
    GM Customer Service
  • compulynx,

    In your post regarding the wiring adaptation for the new actuator, you noted you cut the existing wires and left enough to splice them back together for future needs.

    Would it work to strip the insulation off the existing 2 wires for the actuator and then tap into those wires for the new actuator, creating a T?

    The last update you sent listed a new link for Ebay to by a 6 pack of actuators. Has anyone used them and do you think they will survive a couple years of use? I'm assuming they are also made in China.

    Thanks in advance for your timely reply!
  • dezbdezb Posts: 14
    I have now had all of my door locks replaced. Thank God for the extended warranty that something told me to buy when I purchased my 2008 Tahoe. I have neVER had the need for an extended warranty before. Our 2000 GMC Sierra takes a licking and keeps on ticking, but I don;t think I will purchase a CHEVY product any time soon. I will be trading in my Tahoe before the extended warranty expires. It is a shame, because it rides nice when running properly. The dealership (Freeway Chevy) knows me by name, which is sad. The dealership is great, but the product is not. My husband told me that his company, a long time chevy buyer, is now going to purchase Ford work trucks because the chevy trucks they have are experiencing some type of wiring problems on the new trucks. This is a shame because they purchase many trucks every year. This is a shame. We were going to cosign for our daughter to purchase a malibu, but due to the poor quality of chevy lately, we are now looking at Honda and Nissan products. We have always been firm believers in buying American, but not when you are losing this kind of money.
  • We have a 2009 yukon denali xl have the same issue, iam in the process of replacing the third actuator out of 4. i contacted GM for the safey concern more than anything, all they were worried about is if was serviced at a GM dealer or else were, if it was not done by a GM service then it would not be recorded in the national database. So what i did, and would recomend to you and to all else that have this issue. file a complaint with the NHTSA regarding this matter. this helps determine weither it will be a safety recall or not.

    See GM has this lock actuator failure classified under a "NON-safety" safety issue. If my family cannotget out of the vehicle in an emergency it is a "major safety" safety issue.

    And as for what the "gmcustsvc" sai, I will let you know what my dealership said "there is no recall, over warranty mileage, no warranty coverage, payment is out of pocket" was over warranty by only 1000 miles when the first actuator failed
  • I am happy to report that my dealer, Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville NJ was able to convince GM to repair my two passenger side locks under warranty - My 2009 Yukon Hybrid has 62,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, the driver lock is now acting up. Fingers crossed!
  • We're glad to hear that you're moving towards a resolution on the door lock matter with your dealership, jaginblue! Thank you for posting an update.
    All the best,
    GM Customer Service
  • We have a 2009 Suburban LT and 3 out of 4 actuators failed and we have 58k miles. We contacted GM and set up a case and then spent $99 for a diagnosis. Then after a few weeks were told that we are out of waranty. So obviously I knew when we started we were out of warranty so GM basically screwed us out of $99.
    I then contacted one of these GM people on this site and the response I received was:
    Thank you for your update. I apologize for your frustrations. I have brought your situation to the attention of my superiors. At this time I am unable to overturn the resolution of your District Specialist; however, I have documented your dissatisfaction. I apologize for your frustrations and inconvenience.
    GM Customer Service

    I am wondering if anyone was actually helped by these GM Customer Service agents? This is a safety issue. My child began chocking and he was sitting in the back seat on the passenger side. I was standing outside the car and couldn't get to him. I had my keys in my hand but both passenger side locks wouldn't work and there is not key hole to manually open the door. I ended up running to the drivers side of the car and was able to help him but it could have very easily become tragic. I bought this car used a year ago and I wish I had bought a Ford.
  • I own a 2008 Suburban LT, with 48,000 miles. A couple of weeks ago the passenger door lock stopped working, and today the Driver side lock also stopped working. After looking through all the posts, I feel fortunate I made it as long as I did. It sounds like the back two are not far behind, great. The only other problem I have had is the chrome on the interior door handles have begun to pull away, and are very sharp. Two people have cut their hands on them when trying to open the door. It sounds like there is nothing to do to get them fixed, but any advise would be helpful. Thanks
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