Originally Posted by MGDfan
Please bear in mind that the component you are 'spoofing' is designed to limit current to protect the motor. This resistive element tends to degrade over time & with long usage, eventually adding too much series resistance to the circuit - and a lazy or non-functional actuator results.
While this has been a common fix for years (here's just one of many such - http://www.fordf150.net/articles/idx...oor-Locks.html
), the most prudent method is actuator replacement.
Imho only - don't shoot
Totally true, beer cans are rarely the recommended repair. However, a couple comments. Since that piece is designed to limit current to protect the motor, then there is no harm in removing it as the motor is useless with it installed anyway, so who cares if you happen to smoke the brushes?
Also, I still wouldn't replace the actuator since you can buy the motor for $10 or less on ebay. It's a MABUCHI motor and even if the shaft and gear are not the same, you can pop the back off and use the brushes and such w/o beer cans.
I still have 10 of these motors new, but chose to use the beer can since it works - oh and because I'm cheap.
Thanks for the clarification on that piece. Do you happen to know its technical name? Maybe you can buy that piece for a few pennies.
Here is the datasheet on those motors: