Q: Damaged key chamber

asked by on February 13, 2016

Someone tried to break into my car and damaged the key chamber. The chamber is lodged in the door panel, and the door handle won't open from the outside.

Hi. It sounds like you need to replace the parts that were damaged during the theft attempt. On this vehicle, the exterior door handle must be removed to access and replace the door lock cylinder. A professional, such as one from YourMechanic can replace the ignition switch and replace the door lock.

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