The latch mechanism on your car door lock’s cylinder is responsible for locking and unlocking your vehicle’s different doors, making the cylinder as an overall component greatly responsible for keeping you, your passengers, your belongings, and your automobile itself safe from various hazards.
Wear and tear, damages, and unexpected malfunctioning are all very real possibilities, however, and when a car door lock’s cylinder begins to show worrying signs, you will want to pay attention to them.
A faulty cylinder can act up in a number of ways, for example, one might refuse to release the key, which can result in it breaking off and leaving parts of it still jammed inside the cylinder.
Replacing car door locks cylinders should be a doable task for any trustworthy and licensed auto locksmith–if you are still unsure as to whether or not your car door lock’s cylinder needs to be switched out for a new one, give us at Auto Run Locksmith a call and we will be sure to give you the clarity and services you seek!
To know what sort of process is most likely to follow after you’ve approached a mobile locksmith for assistance, read on below for a breakdown of how it usually goes when replacing car door locks cylinders.
Unlock whichever door the cylinder in need of replacement belongs to.
Simply accomplish this with the help of your own car key or its internal door lock, and then use your door panel button or crank to roll up the window.
Next, find the ends of the C-clip (you should be able to see them behind the door handle), push them off the window with a window handle puller, and then detach the window handle from its bar.
Take out the door lock indicator.
This component, which can be found right by the window, helps with your car door’s manual locking and unlocking.
Unfasten the door handle tray and armrest’s remaining screws by using a flathead screwdriver to help you pry off the clips; you will want to start off at the lower corners and then move towards the door panel’s top.
Take off the bracket clip that secures the lock cylinder.
To get the lock cylinder out of its place, a pair of needle-nose pliers is most ideal as they will help you when positioning your hands behind the component.
Once you have pulled out the lock cylinder from the outer side of the car door (applying force from the inner side will help), you will have to remove the object that keeps the cylinder and lock indicator stem connected to each other.
This is done by pulling up from behind the lock cylinder the three little tabs you will find fastened to the last smaller bracket, using the same pair of needle-nose pliers.
Assemble your new door lock cylinder.
Make it so that it is put in place like your old one was (of course, before it started malfunctioning).
Place the rubber gasket onto the area of the cylinder that goes on the outside of your car door, and then push your new small bracket onto the cylinder to keep the gasket stable in its place.
After this, place the full lock assembly into the hole in your car door, making sure that it is aligned with the cylinder slot.
Finally, place the large bracket meant to hold your door lock cylinder firmly to your door’s inside, and you should be good to go!
Once all this is finished, feel free to test out your newly replaced car door lock cylinder by seeing how well it locks and unlocks your doors.
Call Auto Run Locksmith for any car key and lock needs!
Reading through the steps above may have given you a decent picture of what goes on during the replacement of a car door lock’s cylinder, but not nearly enough to encourage you to attempt it yourself!
While we’re always eager to satisfy you with any of the services we offer, if you’re looking for car door lock cylinder replacement in particular, do keep in mind that we are especially equipped to help you out with this task.
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