Sliding Door Lock Actuator Fix

This will fix your van door locks if they are not working correctly.

When to replace:  If your door will only lock manually.
Part Needed: Be sure to pick the part number that matches your year and style listed below:

Lock actuator 72623-S0X-A01 (passenger side)   Lock actuator 72663-S0X-A01 (drive side)

ODYSSEY 2004 5DR LX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2003 5DR LX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2002 5DR LX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2001 5DR LX KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 2000 5DR EX KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 2000 5DR EX (NAVIGATION) KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 2000 5DR LX KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 1999 5DR EX KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 1999 5DR LX (CAPTAIN) KA 4AT

Lock Actuator 72623-S0X-A11 (passenger side) Lock Actuator 72663-S0X-A11 (driver side)

ODYSSEY 2004 5DR EX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2004 5DR EX (RES) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2004 5DR EXL (LEATHER NAV) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2004 5DR EXL (LEATHER RES) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2004 5DR EXL (LEATHER) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2003 5DR EX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2003 5DR EXL (LEATHER NAV) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2003 5DR EXL (LEATHER RES) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2003 5DR EXL (LEATHER) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2002 5DR EX KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2002 5DR EXL (LEATHER NAV) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2002 5DR EXL (LEATHER RES) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2002 5DR EXL (LEATHER) KA 5AT
ODYSSEY 2001 5DR EX KA 4AT
ODYSSEY 2001 5DR EX (NAVIGATION) KA 4AT

Time Needed:  40 minutes
Difficulty: Medium

You can always purchase the complete Honda Odyssey  1999-2004 repair manual here.

WRITTEN STEPS:

  1. Remove sliding door handle:  There is a small clip holding this handle on that is shaped like a horse shoe.  You will need to pop it down to get the black handle off.  (I used a fork to push down on it from the top.)
  2. Remove the screw behind the handle: Once the handle is removed you will see a small screw behind it.  Simply remove this.
  3. Pull off the door panel: The next step is to simply pull off the door panel.  It is held on by small clips and they will pop out.  It may take a little force, but it will come off.
  4. Unscrew and remove lock:  The next step is unscrewing and removing the lock.  It is right next to the door handle and is what you use to lock the door manually.
  5. Pull back plastic cover:  There will be a plastic cover over all of the door.  The next step is to pull that back.  You do not need to pull it all the way off, but simply pull it back and let it hang down far enough to get to the lock actuator that is behind the lock you just removed.
  6. Loosen and remove screws on lock system:  You will now need to loosen the top two screws above the lock system and remove the bottom screws holding it in. You will also need to disconnect the two cables attached to it.
  7. Pop out plastic hinge:  There is a plastic hinge that is in the bottom right of the lock system.  You will need to push it apart.  It takes a little bit of work, but it will come apart.
  8. Pull out lock system: The lock system in the door should be free and now you can pull it out.  It takes a little work, but you can get it out of the door.
  9. Flip over and unscrew actuator:  Once you have it out flip over the lock system and unscrew the actuator.  It has 3 screws holding it in at the top.
  10. Attach new actuator:  This is the last step!  Screw on the new actuator and reassemble the door in the opposite order.

VIDEO STEPS:

 

10 comments on “Sliding Door Lock Actuator Fix
  1. dteamestep@gmail.com says:

    The actuator part numbers above are incorrect for 2003 model year. If you buy the part listed above, the electrical connector only has two prongs. The original part has four prongs, and the two are incompatible. I had to order a second actuator, one with the part number 72623-S0X-A11. This is for model year 2003, at least.

  2. Dayne says:

    Thanks for letting me know. My mistake! It looks like it is correct depending on the model you have for that year. I have corrected the part numbers with a listing of year and model.

    • David says:

      Thanks for the very rapid update of the data. Even ordering two parts, I’ll still be spending less money by fixing it myself thanks to your know-how and helpful videos. I already fixed my dash clock lightbulb, thanks to you.

  3. Sid says:

    Well … well … well!

    I finally found an Odyssey that is the exact same year and trim at a Junk Yard. I was very lucky to have found the Door Lock Actuator. I was taking a gamble because I wasn’t sure if it would work.

    At any rate I set out to follow the steps outlined. The removal of trim around the door/window, lock knob, open/close cables, and the door lock mechanism was a piece of cake. However when it came to removing the cam link that connects the outside door knob to the mechanism, it was not exactly easy as it appeared on the video. Maybe I was a bit more cautious. Be that as it may, that required some hard pulling, and finally I had to cut off the small flange type piece on the end. This seems to make it easier to yank the cotter type pin out of the plastic connector. The rest of the process of replacing the lock actuator was rather simple.

    After installing and closing up the trim pieces, etc, I checked the locking mechanism. I was initially disappointed as the lock mechanism was not responding to any of the locking commands. I opened and closed the door several times using all three modes. I just happened to lock it again, and voila it responded. I’m happy that it is fixed — albeit it maybe short lived. I’ll keep looking for additional lock actuators just so that I have it handy.

    At any rate thanks very much for some very good and easy instructions. However I have to say that first timers like me will find that it will take more than an hour to complete the job. Have a lot of patience going into this and start early. Also check around to see if there is a tool to separate the link I was having a hard time with — sure to make the job easier.

    • Dayne says:

      You are right on. That separation is the hardest part of this repair. It took me a lot of time as well. I tried to show that in the video, but must have done a poor job. Great find on the part! I hope it works for a long time.

  4. colin says:

    Great instructions, very helpful website. I think you have a typo in the part number for the passenger side A11 part. You have 72263-S0X-A11 and it should be 72623-S0X-A11.

    Again, very helpful!

    –Colin

  5. Ken Friesen says:

    Just to double check before I order – the actuator part number you listed above for a 2000 Odyssey (72623-S0X-A01 (passenger side)) is for the sliding door, not the front door, correct? The reason I ask is that when you click on the link to the Amazon item it does not refer to the sliding door, just the ‘front right side passenger door’ and is also compatible with several other Honda models without sliding doors. Just checking before I order! Thanks. Ken

  6. Landra says:

    Do you know the part number needed for a 2007 actuator for the passenger side sliding door?

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