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B2100 trouble code means a failure in the driver's door key cylinder, often due to a defective driver's door key cylinder switch.
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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
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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.
How to Prevent Having Your Car Stolen
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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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Where can I install a fuse for my new power windows and locks on my 1996 GMC
Hello. I am not exactly clear what you are asking, but it sounds like you are having an issue trying to decide where to get power from for your new doors. The best thing to do would be to add...
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Can not get anti theft to turn off on my car
The first thing to do is remove the installed lock to see if the lock is seized or the latch is broken and needs replaced. If after the lock and latch is fixed then recheck the theft system to see...
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How to change the automatic door lock feature?
I found an article on a Honda dealers website on how to program the different features for the automatic door lock features. There is no way for me to know whether your vehicle is equipped with the automatic locking features...
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Celiac 2003 doors unlock right after I lock them.
Hi there. Check all of the door lock switches on the door jams. If a switch is not functioning correctly, then the doors will not lock. If all of the door lock switches are working good and there is nothing...
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My passenger door won't open from inside or the outside on my 1997 Ford Explorer
Hi there. This commonly happens when the door latch assembly breaks. I have seen this often and it takes quite a bit of work to get it open. The door panel needs to be completely removed. in a lot of...
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My trunk won't shut due to break in attempt
The lock mechanism, and possibly the point of attachment, is probably distorted or otherwise broken. If it's a replaceable part(s), such as the striker plate, latch, and so forth, it is readily resolvable with either new or used OEM parts....
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doors don't open!
The first order of business is to confirm the fault through a diagnostic. Even if it turned out that the Body Control Module needs to be replaced (and that is speculative until the module is proven faulty) that part itself...
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Remove and replace driver's door lock actuator. I just removed door panel.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The door lock actuator will need to be unbolted/unscrewed from its position. It can then be unhooked from the lock's linkage, and unplugged. Once it has been removed, we will have to reverse the...
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Electric door unlocks but does not lock. I have to manually lock all doors. 2007 Dodge Magnum
Hello - the first level of diagnosis is to isolate which component does not lock the doors as expected: master door lock switch on the driver door, the lock button on the key fob, etc. If only one of these...
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Door lock switch won't work.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The issue is likely a result of a failing door lock switch, or the connection to it. The best place to start is to have the switch tested. You can do this by checking...
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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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