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How to Replace a Tailgate Locking Assembly
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B2100 OBD-II Trouble Code: Driver's Door Key Cylinder Switch Failure
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 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.
How to Safely Hide Items in Your Car
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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 Pick an Anti-Theft Device For Your 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
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How to Remove a Broken Car Key From the Ignition
After many years of use, your car key may break off in the lock. When this happens, it renders the lock unusable until you can get the broken...
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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My steering wheel is locked.
Hi there. Sounds like the steering wheel lock solenoid is not working. To get to the solenoid or to remove the lock, you would need to remove the battery cables (both) and remove the horn with the airbag from the...
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Replaced ignition lock cylinder in my Mazda 3. How do I reprogram it to start the car?
Hi there. Put the key into the ignition and turn it on. Then press the lock button on the key fob and turn off the ignition. Then turn on the ignition and press the unlock button on the key fob...
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How to enable keypad lock.
You will need the code set to the vehicle from the factory to unlock the settings again. This code is usually found on a card that comes with the vehicle when it is purchased. If you do not still have...
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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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My electric locks stopped working on ALL doors all at once.
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your symptoms sound like you are having an electrical issue. The power supply may be getting cut off before the locks' wiring branches off to the doors. Typically the power for the locks runs...
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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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Door lock problems.
You will need to have the vehicle checked by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic to see all that got damaged. You may have to have a door lock plate put on to mount the new lock to. If the...
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Steering wheel locks and hard to maneuver my vehicle off the road.
Hi there. The steering wheel lock solenoid could have lost power intermittently causing the lock to engage when the key is in the ignition switch. The solenoid could be damaged and needs replaced in the steering column. I recommend seeking...
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Door locks not working, and trouble codes
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle is experiencing more than one issue. The codes retrieved are for the vehicle's ABS system and are likely a separate problem from the door lock malfunctions. While it may...
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Remote key is not working
Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a few things. The first thing I would do is make sure that the remote key fob is not low on battery. A low battery can cause the remote, and...
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Will a 2016 lancer auto lock the doors with the key still in the ignition?
Hi there. A new Lancer should not be locking the driver door with the key in the ignition, however that is only when the key is in the ON or ACCESSORY position. When you have the key out of the...
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power locks won't work on 2003 mercury mountainner
Hello. Thank you for writing in. The first test needs to determine if the power locks work from any of their switches. If both front door panels and the key fob do not unlock the vehicle, then your issue is...
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Can I make my 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer auto lock when putting it into D and unlock in R. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
Hi there. Unfortunately this vehicle will only work with the doors locking when putting the vehicle into drive and unlocking in park. There is no way for this to happen when putting the vehicle into drive. It can possibly be...
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I have a key tag code. I locked my key in my scooter. It's a Yamaha Zuma. What do you suggest?
Hi there. You can remove the seat by removing the mounting bolts to the seat on the front hinge. Then gently pry up on the seat. Be careful not to tear the seat material. Then you can get your keys...
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There is some error while I go and customize the vehicle settings.
Hi there. Check the door courtesy light switch that keeps the door light off the dash and the dome light off when the door is closed. If the switch fails, it can make the door locks not activate. There could...
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Alarm goes off anytime I try to start car.
Hi there. The key fob may have lost its memory. You can reprogram your key fob to your vehicle by putting the key up to the column and pushing on the lock buttons on the key fob. Then put the...
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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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Remote car starter and automatic door locking mechanism won't work after crash.
Hi there. With having the battery cable loose, that caused the computer to reset and lose its memory. I recommend reprogramming the key fob to the vehicle to allow the door locks and ignition to work. First put the key...
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Doors lock and Unlock when vehicle is off and parked!
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having an issue with its body control module. Due to the locks doing this on their own, and the issue with the key-less entry (which works on its own circuitry),...
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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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