I am trying to replace the door lock actuator on the passenger side of my 97 expy. I have the actuator style where there is a rivet that I drilled out. I got a replacement online which matches the original (except there is now a bolt instead of the rivet). The end of the actuator that attaches to the latching mechanism has a rod with J hook on the end. My problem is how to remove/replace this end since there is not room enough to move the actuator perpendicular to the hole the rod goes through. Does the latching mechanism have to come out. Oh yeah, there is a plastic grommet with fingers in the existing hole where the J hook attaches. Does that have to come out and How???Thanks,
Leave the plastic bushing.. Yes you often have to remove the latch to get the actuator off the latch. Try removing the wiring connector, the bolt to the window run channel and maneuvering it around. If you cant get it out then yes, remove the latch assy.
OK, I finally got it. The mechanism on the 97 is another engineering marvel. What I had to do was to detach every rod after taking out the three T25 screws from the latching mechanism. The one at the door lever has (on mine) a yellow threaded adjuster that snaps apart and frees one end. Coming from the lock itself is another rod which has a white snap together threaded adjuster which can be detached. There is one more which comes from where the outside door handle connects to the inside. That one has a C clamp which when you takeit off, allows for removal of that rod (after the white plastic piece falls off and gets lodged in the bottom of the door and creates hate and discontent to get out... but I digress). What I had to do was to twist and tweak the latch mechanism around the glass guide until I finally could get the mechanism perpendicular to the door and slip in the J end of the actuator through the plastic grommet. (To get the original out, I just cut the rod with a pair of side cutters which made removal much easier.) Once I got that figgured out it was just a matter of playing with the mechanisms to get everything lined back up and put back together. I counted threads sticking past the plastic holders (snap together adjusters) so the beast would be correctly adjusted when finished. This job isn't exactly hard but it is a pain in the bu__ if you don't know what to disconnect and look for prior to going back together. What a miracle design!!! Oh well, it didn't cost an arm and a leg and I avoided having to talk to dealer which usually gets me really mad and grumpy for days. Hope this helps anyone who has the same problem.