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How to Replace a Lock Cylinder

Views: 0     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-04-13      Origin: Site

If you are planning to rekey your lock, it is vital to know how to replace the lock cylinder. Cylindrical locks are easily identified by the brand name on the edge of the door. To replace the lock cylinder, you can visit your local locksmith, who will rekey the lock or replace it with an equal one. Visiting a locksmith will help you identify the brand name and give you an opinion on the quality of the lock.


To remove a lock cylinder, begin by unscrewing the trim around the base of the door handle. You will then need a flathead screwdriver to unscrew the screws holding the door handle in place. Once the screws are removed, insert the flathead screwdriver into the spindle in the center of the lock cylinder. Turn counterclockwise until the lock cylinder turns freely. Remove the lock cylinder from the external housing by unscrewing the screws.


Next, unscrew the cover for the ignition lock cylinder. This will reveal a plastic housing, which contains a series of tumblers that interact with the key. To remove the cylinder, make sure that the ignition key is in the accessory position. In some vehicles, it is necessary to remove the steering wheel switch. If the ignition is in the "on" position, turn the ignition key off. Then, push the hole in the bottom of the door panel to release the lock cylinder. The replacement process will only take 3 minutes, or less.


While replacing a cylinder is a straightforward process, it can be complicated if the cylinder is damaged. A good method is to purchase a used steering column, which comes with a key, and then have a locksmith replace it. Locksmiths will have tools that strike the pins to release the cylinder. A new steering column cylinder will cost approximately $80. If the car does not have the key, you should contact your local dealer or a locksmith.


In some cases, the lock cylinder can also be damaged by worn keys. If you encounter this, try to keep your keys in a certain position, because the ignition lock cylinder may be damaged and make starting the car a chore. If you're experiencing any of these problems, you need to replace the lock cylinder in your car as soon as possible. It is also possible that the key has been worn out and is no longer in the correct position.


A malfunctioning ignition lock cylinder can be a huge inconvenience if you're planning a road trip. It won't let you start your car and can even leave you stranded. If you're going to be on the road, replace the lock cylinder as soon as possible. Whether you're traveling in a rental car or your own vehicle, the lock cylinder is an essential component of your car.

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