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Old 01-23-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Replacing door lock cylinder

So I stuck the key in wrong and messed up my driver's side door lock so a key would not go in anymore. Time to replace it. Ordered a new one, had it rekeyed to my key, on to replacing it. The door panel came off in no time, but getting the spring clip that holds the cylinder in place, that took some major effort. The manual says something like "push on the clip from above with a screwdriver, and use a hook-shaped tool to pull on it from below". I ended up breaking off the lower part of the cylinder collar (with the aforementioned screwdriver), which gave me enough access to jam a nail in between the clip and the cylinder (while pushing on the clip from above), and then I could put a hook in and pull the clip out. Putting it back in was not bad once I understood that the cylinder goes in first, then the clip, not the other way around, and that if the clip flies off, it probably evaporates, one can only find it after finding out that it would take a dealer 4 days to get it.

So, the question is, is there a better way of doing it? In retrospect, seems like I should have drilled a big enough hole on the inside of the door and get to the lock cylinder clip from there.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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Not to my knowledge. The clip is what throws people for a loop. As the manual said, I normally push down on the clip and then hang the bottom with a piece of 3/32" welding wire (end bent as a Hook) and pull it down. It's a tight space and not much room to work.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:49 PM   #4
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Awwwww man, I wish you woulda told me. I could have sent you the wafers and you could fix it yourself. Was this before or after you got the key?
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:15 PM   #5
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When I bought mine the dealership said the key was sticking and they replaced the cylinder but now I have 2 seperate keys one for the door and one for everything but the door
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:56 AM   #6
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Thanks, Pierre, I'll keep it in mind next time I need it. This happened before I got the key from you. It's when I was replacing the lock cylinder that I got to thinking that it's stupid to only have two keys. Speaking of, can you make a fully functional key?
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:00 PM   #7
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Corey, by now I know for fact that the dealership was just too cheap to have the lock cylinder they put in repinned to your key. It cost me under $30 to do at a local locksmith, I'm sure they could have had it done for less. When you buy a new lock cylinder from Honda, it comes with two keys, and they just figured, ah, good enough, he's just a customer.
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:23 AM   #8
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Speaking of, can you make a fully functional key?
yep... why for?
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:14 AM   #9
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Putting it back in was not bad once I understood that the cylinder goes in first, then the clip, not the other way around,
Actually, if you put a thin-walled deep socket (I use a Snap-On 14mm 3/8" drive chrome) into the cavity where the cylinder goes, the clip can be easily slid up into place. Then slide the socket out and the lock cylinder is "snapped" into place.

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