What to know about the Sliding Door Motor Assembly:
Most vans these days have rear doors on either side that will slide open with just a click from your key fob or press of a button inside. An electric motor is attached to a chain that pulls the door open or closes it along a track. The sliding door motor receives power from the body control module when the input signal occurs and stays powered up until the door reaches its limit. If the sliding door motor assembly is used unreasonably, it can wear out.
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Facts to Note:
If the sliding door motor assembly stops functioning, you may have trouble opening the door by hand.
If your van has two sliding doors, it’s unlikely both will break at the same time, though it can still be very inconvenient even losing one.
How to Fix:
The sliding door is opened and trim panels are removed for access
The faulty sliding door motor assembly is removed
The new sliding door motor assembly is fixed
The sliding door trim panels are reinstalled
The power sliding door operation is checked to ensure it opens and closes properly
As it is an electrical component, the door motor doesn’t require a set service schedule. It would be sensible to lubricate the chain and track during an oil change to extend its life. If the sliding door binds or will not open with the power sliding door feature, have one of your expert mechanics diagnose the sliding door motor assembly.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Sliding Door Motor Assembly:
Power sliding door doesn’t open with the key fob or inside knob
Clicking sound or a metal-on-metal noise can be heard from the door
Importance of this service:
If passengers can’t get into the back of your van because the sliding door motor assembly isn’t functioning, it’s essential that you get this fixed as soon as you can. However, how much losing a sliding door actually limits you are really dependent on your unique situation. Not having this point of access will never keep your car from functioning, but it will be troublesome at times.