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Door lock cylinder

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mstyle88, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Dec 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    mstyle88

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    Hey all, my drivers side doorlock has become jammed. It happened shortly after having an after-market alarm system installed. I should of complained to the installer at the time but its too late now. It normally locks and unlocks but makes an awful jamming sound. Recently however it has stopped unlocking from the outside.

    When it first happened I had the dealership look at it and they quoted me $300 for parts and labor. They said the cylinder needs to be replaced. I had another mechanic at one point look at it and he quoted me the same.
    $300 is tough to cough up to fix a door lock but I happen to come across this on Autozone.
    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/pa..._/N-jfj3qZ9ci7j?itemIdentifier=77335_0_0_3394

    Anyone else replace one of these? Is it a simple fix? I also noticed that if there are more parts to the lock mechanism broken, all in the parts at Autozone would be $150.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dec 1, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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    BeerHat

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    I just replaced the door lock assembly mechanism on mine. It is actually pretty easy to do. The door lock cylinder is just as easy and the hardest part is removing the interior door panel.

    Essentially, to replace the door lock cylinder:
    -pull off the interior panel. Start by removing the door handle and if you have manual windows, the window crank.
    -pull back the vapor barrier near the door latch.
    -remove the black round plastic cap(about the size of a quarter) that is next to the vapor barrier; near the top corner of the interior sheet metal on the door latch side (below the door lock). This allows access to the second screw that holds the door handle
    -Remove that set screw as this also holds in the door lock cylinder.
    -There are color coded plastic clips that hold metal rods to the door handle. Basically, just press down to release then pull out the rod. The color should be orange
    -Give the cylinder a small counter clockwise turn and pull and this should release the cylinder.

    That's it; just install in reverse order
     
  3. Dec 1, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    mstyle88

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    Thats simple, thanks! Assuming that is the only part broken I can save myself about $265! Once the part comes in and I install I'll update everyone.
     
  4. Jan 7, 2011 at 8:50 PM
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    My '00 Prerunner driver's side lock cylinder was acting up too. It wouldn't turn either direction. I used the factory service manual to take off the door trim (tip: the armrest is actually attached to the panel, no need to remove it). Then I removed the lock cylinder, disassembled it, and discovered one pin that wouldn't align anymore because one of its edges had worn down. Rather than use a replacement cylinder (and live with a mismatched key), I just left the pin, its springs and counterpart out of the tumbler set and put everything back together. Works great now with the remaining pins.

    It's too bad the passenger and driver's side lock cylinders aren't interchangeable. :)

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Mar 5, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Beerhat,

    Thanks for your help. I finally have got around to working on repairing this door lock actuator and cylinder this weekend.

    I got in there and got to the step before replacing the actuator and hit a few snags. First, that orange clip that holds the rod is difficult to remove! I couldnt fit my hands through the available spaces and/or through the quarter sized hole to remove it. I didnt want to pull on the rod too hard and break the orange clip! Any suggestions?

    Also, once I have the rod off, it seemed like the doorlock actuator is behind a lot of sheet metal from the door and is difficult to get to. I removed the hex screws from the door frame holding the actuator in place but how do you get the old mechanism out of there and the new one in?

    Here are some pics I took for illustration:

    Door.jpg
    Door2.jpg

    Also, just to make sure, this is a picture of the actuator I ordered from Autozone, it looks familiar right?!
    actuator.jpg
     
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