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How Long Does a Tailgate Locking Assembly Last?
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How Long Does a Tailgate Lock Cylinder Last?
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How to Prevent Car Doors From Freezing Shut
Frozen car doors are a disaster if you're in a rush. Replace door gaskets, clean the door frame, and protect your door locks to fix frozen car doors.
How to Replace a Door Lock Switch
The door lock switch goes bad if pressing the button does not lock or unlock the door or the usual functionality fails to work.
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How to Repair a Door Lock Actuator
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How to Safely Break Into Your Own Car
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How to Replace a Door Lock Cylinder
A cylinder lock ensures the proper function of your door locks, which help protect against car theft. Replacing this part takes time and know-how.
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How to Open a Car Door With String
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How to Replace a Door Lock Relay
Electric door locks work via a door lock relay located near the brake pedal, behind the stereo, behind the passenger air bag, or under the hood.
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How to Replace a Tailgate Lock Cylinder
A tailgate lock cylinder unlocks the unit that secures the tailgate handle. Signs of failure include a lock that turns endlessly or not at all.
How to Replace a Trunk Lock Actuator
A car trunk is secured by a trunk lock that uses an electronic or mechanical lock actuator. A bad actuator prevents the lock from working properly.
How to Replace a Trunk Lock Cylinder
A car trunk is secured by a trunk lock, which works via a trunk lock cylinder. Replacing a bad cylinder is imperative to your vehicle’s security.

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Ignition lock replacement.
Hi there. The new keys will not be specific to your vehicle and will need to be reprogrammed, even if they fit with a perfect match. If you need further assistance with programming your keys, then seek out a professional,...
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right passenger door will not unlock, why?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Will the door unlock with the key, or manually from the inside? If not, then it may be having an issue with the locking mechanism. Accessing it manually is done from the inside of...
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2003 Tacoma drivers side male door latch
The striker plate is adjustable to some extent. If you having difficulty with the internal locking mechanism within the door, try spraying an appropriate lubricant into the mechanism. If adjustment and lubrication does not resolve the issue, then yes the...
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Ignition cylinder/switch problems
I can't say for certain without knowing the type of vehicle you have. Many modern vehicles have complex shift interlock systems that incorporate the ignition switch and cylinder. In a situation like this, it would be fair for the shop...
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My Honda Civic 2006 doors are automatic but one of my doors will not open anymore but the power buttons work 2006 Honda Civic
Hi - the door latch itself may not be releasing properly, even though it sounds like the actuator is working correctly. This may be a simple issue such as needing grease, or may be a damaged or worn out door...
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Cannot remove the wheel from the car.
Try drilling out the locking nuts with a big drill bit and then use a long collar nut on it to back off the locking lug nuts. If you need further assistance with the locking lug nuts, then seek out...
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Doors auto-lock steps not working as the manual stated.
Hi there. To program your locks on your vehicle to the shifter, perform the following steps: Steps To Program the Door Locks Set the parking brake Be sure that all the doors are closed Place the ignition switch in...
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Alarm is going off. Is there any way to reset/bypass problem?
You will have to open the hood and disconnect the battery terminals to reset the computer. Before hooking up the battery cables, the vehicle will need to be locked as it was before the alarm was tripped. Then the alarm...
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Replacing the ignition key cylinder lock.
Hi there. You do not need to remove the steering wheel. You will have to remove the upper and lower covers to the steering column. Then remove the locking clip and collar on the ignition switch and push in on...
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The cable for my hood release broke on the end that's connected under the hood.
There are small bolts on the deck where the hood bumpers are located at. Remove those bolts and bolts that are on the inside of the grill and the front grill will come off. The hole grill and lights assembly...
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Faulty door locks
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea. Your vehicle has the option to open just the driver's door, or to open all of the doors. Typically you click the key fob...
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My key ignition won't turn.
The issue could be the steering column lock mechanism or the key cylinder, or both. To repair those components, typically there will be partial disassembly of the steering column. That is a sensitive area as the air bag is installed...
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My truck will not open anymore at all and then I put the key it won't twist ether?
It could be that you have a lock actuator that is jammed. The actuators can operate the locks, but are also moved by the key in the lock. when they become jammed everything just stops working. There isn't much that...
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My doors no longer lock automatically when the car is in motion. Why is that?
The automatic door locking feature can be enabled or disabled with the master lock switch. To turn the door locking feature on, press and hold the master lock switch down for about five seconds. You will hear a beep when...
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driver side power lock doesnt work.
Thank you for writing in. There are several reasons you may be having these issues with the locks. However, without knowing what model of Chevy you are driving it is difficult to know what exact components you are working with....
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Steering wheel won't lock. Yellow steering lock warning on dash. Only comes on when removing fob.
Hi there. The issue seems to be the shifter interlock solenoid may be malfunctioning causing the steering wheel lock to not release or not engage. I suggest having the computer scanned for any codes that would be stored or pending...
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My 1999 ford wind star came with a locked glovebox with no key. How do I get into the glovebox without damaging it?
Hello, thank you for writing in. If preventing damage, you have two different options. One is to order a new key from the dealership. The other is to have a professional locksmith pick the lock. These locks are simple enough...
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Power door modulator vs. door actuator 2012 Porsche Cayenne
Hi there - the Porsche dealer parts diagrams actually list a "door lock" mechanism, and a "driving mechanism" for the door lock. I would take my old receipt (which should have part numbers as well as description) with me, and...
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Corsa b locking problem when I lock all the locks don't lock but start making a noise as if they were trying to
Hello, thank you for writing in. These types of symptoms can be traced back to several different components. The first thing to find out is if all of the doors are having this issue, or if it is just one...
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2000 escalade will not lock with the key in the ignition, it only chimes and doesn't engage lock.
Hi there. If the driver door is not locking with the door ajar and the key in the ignition, that is normal. If all of the doors are not engaging the locks with the key in the ignition and the...

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