a few months back, the power lock on the front driver's side door stopped working. This prompted me to do a little research on finding DIY solutions to this problem. It happens that there are some very affordable solutions out there for various other makes and models of cars but saw nothing about a Gen I Prius. Sites such as this, this, and this have given me hope about simply replacing a mabuchi motor with my presumably defective power lock actuator. I've successfully removed my actuator and am finding it difficulty to take apart. There seems to be a seam of some sort that suggest that it can be easily pried apart, but doing so with a flathead screwdriver only led to chipping. I'm now thinking that perhaps I may have to carve through it to gain access to the motor. Getting to the actuator itself was quite different from what I had expected and a tad more difficult. I would be more than happy to do a write up on how to get to the actuator should there be interest in such a report. Anyhow, I come to you in hopes of finding a way to open this actuator having come this far. Please let me know if any more information is needed and I thank you in advance for any information leading to a working power lock in my Prius.