Maybe, maybe not. A complete stranger walking into a locksmith shop asking for lock wafers will most likely get some strange looks. It may actually be easier to get them from a dealer, once you explain the situation.So, most locksmiths have compatible wafers for sale?
Prevent, no... delay, yes. There are many opinions out there, mine happens to be good ol WD40. I have 172k mi, no remote entry, all my locks work and my key is not worn at all. I also prefer it because when I'm working on a lock it cleans it very well and makes my job a lot easier. I know they sell graphite as a lock lubricant but every car lock I've ever seen that someone put graphite in has been ruined. I don't really know why, It's just what I've seen. It may have something to do with the quality of the powder. Wikipedia mentions graphite as a lubricant and it says having low-grit or no-grit (ultra high purity) is desirable, that leads me to believe if the quality is not there it will act like sandpaper. I am not willing to take that chance.Just out of curiosity though, is there a way to prevent this from happening? Graphite lube? Some other sort of lube? Use the lock a lot? Never use it?
I thought about writing out the directions but since a picture is worth a thousand words I figured I'd do a DIY on it. I'm going out of town this weekend to visit relatives and with Christmas and all I'll have to get to it next week. Look for it in the "do it yourself / mods" section, hopefully by next weekend. When it's done I'll link to it in this thread.I was wondering, how easy is it to take off the door panel, to get to the lock? I want to attempt to do this myself, but I def dont want to screw it up. If you could just please give some kind of direction on how to begin removing the door panel, that would be greatly appreciated!
You're quite welcome. Just curious, had you used any kind of lube in the locks or did you wait till you noticed a problem to spray WD in there? Do you have keyless entry or do you always use your key in the door? I was wondering cause if you have kept the lock lubed, all the advice in the world ain't worth a hill o' beans if it breaks anyway.Thanks to 'the locksmith' for the great post on the locks. I had both door locks replaced under warantee. Now at 150,000 km I am passed that and the drivers side is stuck again. The E has usually been parked within 100 yards of the ocean but clearly something is wrong with these locks. The locks on my Volvo and Morris Minor before that always responded to a little WD 40 and never needed a lock replacement. Is this related to the more complex wafer mechanism? My dealer wants $350 for a replaced lock so I will be following 'locksmith's' instructions. I'll post my results. Thanks again.
That cracks me up, no longer available for the 03's. They're all the same. If you have no luck finding them locally you can get them from Majestic Honda. The tumblers are sold separately in bags of 10, part #'s 20766 through 20771. That would be plenty to service one persons lock for quite a while. It probably wouldn't hurt to get a bag of springs too, #20765. When those little boogers go flying you need some good eyes and a lot of patience. So, for $23.27 + shipping you can fix it yourself.
Oddly enough, the only way I found the key cylinder kit was by choosing an '03 but like I said they're all the same.