Thanks for pointing out the latches/actuators are driver/passenger side specific. Don't know why the "Chrysler Parts List" wouldn't list the drivers side ones. I know the front/back is also specific because of the child protection flip switch on the door jams of the rear latches.
LOL, on being able to replace them with large hands! Not sure if the 96 and 98 are exactly the same but where I had the most problem was with the short piece of linkage on the back/top of the latch which connects to the key lock.
So I would assume you had to cut the latches apart and glue them back together when you rebuilt your jy latches? I know the grease becomes hard in there most often and the dirt, along w/sand in your case, prevents them from working smoothly.
I haven't been able to find a thread on rebuilding/cleaning these latches but did find a pic of the greasy/dirty latch cut open.
And if you look at the link/photo in post #10 by V.R you can see the actual actuator motor w/gearing. Since my right/rear door actuator just makes a spinning noise I would assume these nylon gears are stripped and may not even be worth trying to take apart.
Depressing to read in older posts just 1-2 years ago how common aftermarket latches/actuators were to find and now they're nowhere to be found. Exception is just for universal actuators which takes some alterations and the latch itself must be working correctly.
Believe as aftermarket companies quit manufacturing these latches/actuators the dealers jumped their prices for Mopar ones about $30-$40+. Know I paid about $85 for a drivers side front Mopar actuator/latch 2-3 years ago and now it's $125 at the dealer.