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Well, with the mirrors occasionally not folding in when locking and then the passenger front door occasionally not unlocking fully plus I was finding it harder and harder to lock the car (kept getting the double beep), I came to the conclusion that the passenger front door lock was on the way out so it was time for a replacement. Now, I am not the most patient of mechanics and fiddly jobs under the dash or inside the doors are jobs I just avoid like the plague. Reading up beforehand made me feel worse as everyone said how fiddly the cable clips were and to make matters worse, it was the passenger front door with the extra cable for the manual lock/unlock. I needn’t have worried - it was really easy!

I won’t bore you with a blow by blow account as there’s a few ‘how to's' on the net worth watching before you start but I found a couple of moves to make it a lot easier.

Firstly, remove the outer door panel (four screws, unhook the inner door cable and give it a good pull) and then disconnect whatever cables are needed to allow the inner door panel to hang down.

All of the 'how to's' I read, talk about disconnecting the outer door cable through the door lock aperture and rotating the lock this way and that to get it out past a bracket fitted inside the door but I found a few different steps to make it a LOT easier.

Firstly, with the door panels out of the way, remove the two torx screws marked in red:



Then, using a bit of force, position the bracket as shown in this picture, resting it on a strengthening bar fitted inside the door. This gives you a lot more room to get at and remove the lock mechanism.



Disconnect the lock end of the inner door lock cable by pulling the outer cable clip out of the 'U' recess and rotating the aluminium end fitting 90° anti-clockwise and it will then pull out.

Then, using a small torx remove these two screws marked in green and release two clips in red to remove the plastic shield from the lock . I have shown the old lock with shield removed next to the new lock with shield fitted.



With the electrical connections to the lock disconnected and the three torx screws removed that hold the lock in place, the mechanism can be rotated and you can then get to the cable clips to remove the cable(s). Remember, any door other than the passenger front will only have one cable going to it from the outer handle (the passenger front also has the key lock cable).

This picture shows one cable already removed and one still to be removed.



You remove the clip by inserting a thin screwdriver between the yellow clips each side of the 'U' bracket and lever the cable and clip outwards.



Difficult to explain but will be obvious when you get to that point.

Refitting is just a reversal of the above. It took me just 50 minutes from start to finish. I bought an OE part which cost me £129.50 delivered although there are pattern parts available on eBay for less than half of that.

Amazingly, for me, I didn’t break a single clip or have a box of screws left over afterwards!
 

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Great write up and pictures, as always Steve.

50 mins wow you are on fire.
Any reason you went for an OEM part when it’s so quick and easy to replace?

I replaced my rear door lock with one from PowerfulUK, can’t remember but I think £35 delivered.
I only went for the cheap option because the OEM had not lasted, so thought I’d try something else and could have 3 of these fail for the price of one JLR version.

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Great write up and pictures, as always Steve.

50 mins wow you are on fire.
Any reason you went for an OEM part when it’s so quick and easy to replace?

I replaced my rear door lock with one from PowerfulUK, can’t remember but I think £35 delivered.
I only went for the cheap option because the OEM had not lasted, so thought I’d try something else and could have 3 of these fail for the price of one JLR version.

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Well, my original had lasted 7 years, plus, as it was the first thing in two years that has been purchased from my imaginary £2K + insurance pot, I thought 'why not'. If another one goes though, I'll probably try a pattern part next time. :grin:
 

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Steve D you should put your postcode on so we all know where to come to get things fixed???
 

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Nice job Steve, useful info, thanks.
 

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Hi all, i'm new to this site having only recently bought a RR Evoque 2016 Lux, unfortunately the person I bought the car off failed to tell me the drivers door lock was broken, I should have noticed when the wing mirrors didn't fold on locking.

Anyway, thought i'd update anyone who may have the same issue as me as these forums can be a god send.

The post above is excellent and anyone that has an older RR without the passive entry will follow that and should be fine, however, if you aren't a mechanic or not great at this stuff, like me, it'll be much harder.

If you do want to attempt to do it yourself, it took me a full day by the way (again note I'm not great at this stuff) and you do have the passive entry, there are more cables and the unit is different, it's bigger as theres more electrics.

The best way to remove the old unit is with all the cables attached, and to do this, you remove the door handle - there's a screw behind a blanking plate on the side of the door that holds the door handle in place.

Once you remove this, you can remove the handle, and behind the handle is another screw, when you remove that, all of it will fall to the bottom of the door, as this post mentions move the bar that supports the window out of the way so you can remove everything.

Once you have it out, you can remove all the cables and fit the new unit outside of the vehicle which is much easier and putting it back is just a reverse of it.

However, if you are new to this type of stuff and don't have a full day - you may be quicker than me of course and want somebody to do it, a local land rover specialist should be able to do it, I paid £150 for a brand new unit - LVB Limited in Doncaster quote 2 hours to fit it (around £130) which had I known what I know now I'd have bitten their hands off. I just got too far in and there was no turning back.

Hope this helps, if anyone has any questions let me know and i'll try and answer them.
 
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