Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How Long Does a Hatch Lock Cylinder Last?

Hatch Lock Cylinder

Keeping a vehicle safe is usually one of the top priorities that a vehicle owner will have. There are a number of mechanisms on a car that help to keep the contents inside of the car safe. On the doors and hatches of most cars, there will be a locking mechanism that will help to keep would be thieves out of the vehicle. In order to unlock these mechanisms, a person will have to possess the right key for the lock. As time goes by, the door or hatch lock cylinder may begin to show signs of wear. Each time that a driver has to access the cabin or trunk space of car, these lock mechanisms will be used.

The hatch lock cylinder on a car is designed to last as long as the vehicle does, but this is not always the case. The inside of a lock cylinder is a system of rigid metal that has to have a certain key design to unlock it. The more use that the cylinder gets, the more wear the metal inside of it will start to have. In order for the lock to work smoothly, it will have to keep the right amount of lubrication. Over time, the lubrication on the inside of the lock will being to dry up and can cause the internal parts to freeze up.

While there are a number of spray lubricants on the market that can help to lubricate the lock, it will only be a temporary fix. Having a bad hatch lock cylinder can prohibit your ability to access certain parts of your car. When a hatch lock cylinder is going bad, here are some of the warning signs that you may start to notice:

  • The key will not unlock the hatch
  • The key just spins when trying to unlock the hatch
  • The key becomes stuck in the hatch lock due to a lack of lubrication.

By getting this lock fixed in a hurry, you will not have to worry about being locked out of this portion of your vehicle. Trying to replace a hatch lock cylinder can be quite difficult unless you have previous experience. If you need help replacing your hatch lock cylinder, make sure that you get in contact with a certified mechanic.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Find the Keyless Code on a Ford Explorer or Mercury Mountaineer
Many Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers were manufactured with an option known as the Ford keyless entry keypad. Some models refer to it as SecuriCode as well. It...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...


Related questions

Q: How do I program the universal garage door opener with a fixed code?

Your truck has a Universal Garage Door Opener that makes it easier for you to open your garage door. They have a specific way to program them with a Fixed Code. To program the Universal Garage Door Opener with a...

Q: Car won't crank up as well as some other electrical issues

This sounds like a BCM (body control module) malfunction. This could have been caused either by a low voltage issue or a voltage spike. If the electrical system is dead, there is a power fuse that comes from the battery...

Q: How long will it take to replace door latch?

Hello, thanks for writing in. Depending on the vehicle and if the door can open from the inside. The labor is roughly about 1.5 hours. It may be more on some vehicles and models. I'd suggest adding in your car's...