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Old 05-04-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
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Lock troubles!

My lock on the driver side of my 1996 Tacoma is broken. I can lock it from inside but I cannot unlock it with my key on the outside. I have to unlock the passenger side and crawl over to pull the lock up or I don't lock my doors at all which worries me. How much does a new lock cost? Also, do I order the part from Toyota or where would I go about buying one? I have looked at Ebay and all I have found is door handles that don't come with locks.
Can anyone help me out? Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:12 PM   #2
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You might want to check to see if the rod that connects to the lock has come off. It should be held on with a plastic clip that might have broke. Just a thought. What happens when you turn the key in the lock?
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:37 PM   #3
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The key turns but it doesn't unlock.
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Old 05-04-2009, 10:40 PM   #4
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Sounds more like something is disconnected than broken. Take the door pannels off and snoop around!
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It's also possible for the connector to get bent over time until it doesn't release the latch.
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Old 05-05-2009, 07:37 AM   #6
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having a similar problem, except that my key wont rotate. I have to open my truck from the passenger side. any suggestions with this one
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my pass door lock fell into my door twice so far. so now i just use my keyless cause i dont want it to happen again.
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The key turns but it doesn't unlock.

Sounds like the rod has come loose or off. I would take the door panel off and look at the backside of the handle. There will be two rods one for the door handle itself and one for the lock.
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