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Old 03-13-2013, 09:10 PM   #16
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Attachment 2941Thanks Junkman. OK, here's where I am now. I ordered the new actuator from Gene Culley. When it arrived, it looked like the old design (no metal stop). I called him up and spoke to him, and he said that the part he sent WAS the latest design, redone in 2004. I believe him, but I sent him a copy of your post and pictures of the old (the one out of my car) and new (received from GMParts) actuators. I am a little leery about installing the new part until I'm sure it's right. What do you think? The number on the new part is 89018365.
Your picture is too small for me to be able to tell anything. Take a bigger picture and post it as I describe how to do in this thread. Use a 1024x768 size like this:



See how you can see everything in detail at this size?
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Nice actuator

What's the part number on THAT?


Here is another try at the photo. The actuator on the right is out of my car, and the one on the left is the new one from Gene Culley


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Okay, here's the million dollar question because that actuator doesn't look right. When you rotate the gears in both directions, does it only turn so far and then stop or can you turn it for eternity in both directions?
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Is it OK to rotate it by hand? I don't want to break an expensive part.
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Is it OK to rotate it by hand? I don't want to break an expensive part.
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has that part for $34. How much did you pay? And yes, you can rotate it all you want. It is nothing but a bunch of gears and a potentiometer.

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I paid $189 which included shipping from Gene Culley at GMParts.
He's always been fair on price and reliable. Like I said, I had a talk with him today and he said this part was the new version of the actuator and the only one available from GM now
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I paid $189 which included shipping from Gene Culley at GMParts.
He's always been fair on price and reliable. Like I said, I had a talk with him today and he said this part was the new version of the actuator and the only one available from GM now


Okay, I'm going to leave that price alone...

Anywho, you didn't answer my question about turning the gears.
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It doesn't seem to want to move too easily and I don't want to force it at $189 a pop. I'm going to have to have another conversation with Gene Culley about that.
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Why did you buy a new one if you hadn't verified that the old one is bad? Can you turn the old one? If you look at my picture, you can see that the only thing that you are turning are gears. If the voltage being sent to the unit can turn the gears, surely you can.
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Well, I thought we have had this conversation. As for turning the gears, I appreciate that you're a Marine and I'm just a measly firefighter, but I can't turn it by hand, and I learned a long time ago not to force electronic parts.
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Okay, can you see the physical limit points on the actuator where it is only allowed to turn so far in either direction, just like the one I posted a picture of earlier in this thread? From the picture you posted, I don't see any. What you could do is go to your local dealer and look at one they have. Won't cost a dime. You could also verify that part number.

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What was the outcome here OP? You never posted back.
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Shoot, I'd take metal over plastic any old day. Metal takes longer to wear out. IMHO
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I replaced the old one and everything has been OK.
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I take it that you mean the old actuator?
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