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What is the most cost-efficient solution when door keys do not fit ignition?

Being a auto locksmith, I can 100% recommend that you have your door lock rekeyed to match your current ignition key. Cost will depend on location and if you remove the the lock yourself and take it ...
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

Installing an aftermarket security system (possibly even two-way or with cellular communications and a GPS-tracker) would be your best bet if you are concerned about car being stolen. Locks are often ...
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What is this panel on the doors?

There is a screw behind the pop out cover, used to remove the door panel. This may not be exact match to your car, for example only. Image thanks to Jason C.
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How can I remove perfectly round locking wheel lugs? What tool can I use?

There are sockets designed specifically for this job. Here is an example of one; they have a reverse thread on them and are made of hardened material so as you turn them anti-clockwise, they tighten ...
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Access locked trunk of Corolla 2003

On the 2003 Corolla the release for rear seats is in the trunk. There are two knobs close to the hinges of the trunk. Those are the rear seat back releases. If you push them toward the rear of the ...
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How do you open a locked door when the unlocking mechanism is jammed?

Well, here's what ended up working. From inside the car, roll down the window. There's a piece of rubber weatherstripping along the outside bottom edge of the window, pry it out gently with a flat ...
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

@Enot has an excellent answer but I still want to contribute a little as well. Specific to your questions, Auto locks made in the 90's I would argue are BETTER in many cases than their newer after ...
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Testing specific wires in harness cable

This is quite easy, but you need to do yourself a favor and get a factory wiring diagram. It will save you hours of frustration and confusion. The factory wiring diagrams will tell you exactly when ...
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Remote does not always lock/unlock the car: diagnosing RF receiver issues

I have had a similar issue with remote controls before. Just for completeness, I've already listed two things you've already tried -- they're primarily for anyone who reads this some time in the ...
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VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

The fact that you can hear some noise from the door with the inoperational lock is an indication that the wiring is fine. There is a good chance that the door lock actuator has gone bad and needs to ...
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Locking car with key fob

This is usually because a door is not properly shut, at least that is what happens with my car, done as a warning to you so you don't leave thinking it is locked. If the doors, hood and trunk are all ...
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Doors lock from fob, then unlock themselves

I've had central locking refusing to stay locked with several cars when any of the door sensors (or boot lid sensor, or even engine cover sensor) thinks its door is open - whether it's actually the ...
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VW Passat B5 Rear Door Central Locking Issue - Door Lock Actuator Replacement

PROBLEM As you can see in the photo, on the lock actuator replacement part for my car door there is a plastic part (left) and a metal part (right). The two parts, metal and plastic, are supposed to ...
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I lost a door lock wire inside the door

With difficulty ;) Remove the door card (interior trim) if it's not off already - this should reveal a number of holes in the inner skin of the door. Using a small mirror and a torch, try to work ...
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How to lubricate automotive locks?

For those trying to use graphite, a little trick I learned of in a camera repair manual is to use a liquid to carry the graphite into the areas you're trying to lubricate. The liquid they used in the ...
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How do you take wheel locks off a '95 Mercury Tracer?

You can use a wheel lock removing set. I believe most automotive stores will sell them. They can also easily be found online. Or you can drill the nut and stud. Which takes a long time. It would be ...
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Central locking disabled using coin

The principle is the same as if you've left a door ajar ... the system will not lock the door. I've had this happen many times in my truck where one door or the other doesn't close all the way. The ...
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Can't unlock the driver's side door with the key

Try using some graphite lube on the lock cylinder before you give up on it. If you remove the lock cylinder, disassemble it, and clean it, you may improve it's function. You should also be able to ...
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How can I fix a key broken off in a door lock?

You need to find a way to open the door, slim jim or other tool. Once the door is open you need to remove the lock cylinder to get the broken key out. Depending on the vehicle how hard or easy this ...
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Which of these parts can protect my gasoline from theft?

You could take the screw out of the center of the knob. Remove it, then put it on only to shut off or turn on the fuel.
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Changing car locks to newer ones for security?

With older cars, the value of the securing the vehicle is not in preventing it from being stolen, but rather preventing the contents of the vehicle from being stolen. Other than joyriding, most cars ...
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Central lock intermittently working

The problem persist and I remove the door card yesterday. I figured that the reason is the mis-aligned rod connected to manual lever used to open the door from the inside. It somehow gotten loose from ...
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How to lubricate automotive locks?

Professional locksmiths (my best friend is a CML) will tell you to never use grease, oil, WD-40 or the like inside a lock cylinder. That stuff collects dust and dirt, gumming up the pins in the lock ...
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2000 jaguar locks

There are some vehicles that require a FOB reprogram if the battery is not replaces according to a procedure Some manufacturers have a battery replacement procedure so key fobs, stereos and clocks do ...
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Volvo V40 - How to locate the fault in central locking?

There isn't a mechanical relay it's all controlled by the Guard Lock and Alarm module. Gain access to the module and test for power on pins A26 (green/red) B1 (red) and B8 (white). Test for ground on ...
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Vibe: Rear door lock no longer affected by remote

It sounds like either the solenoid that activates the lock has failed, or the linkage connecting them has come adrift, or there is a problem with the wiring going to the solenoid - the solenoid ...
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'06 Charger Broken Glove Box Latch

Although I haven't done one of these in particular (but a bunch of the little pink shift interlock levers; darn Mopar), here is my suggestion: Your glovebox latch assembly is broken. Busticated. ...
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2016 Toyota Camry Automatic Alarm Lock

According to the owner's manual I found online, once all doors and trunk are closed, then locked, the alarm automatically activates after 30 seconds. There may not be an external indication of this, ...
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Passenger door unlocks the whole car when you pull on handle

According to the OP's comment all doors unlock when the inside passenger door handle is pulled. This is pretty normal on cars these days, it's a convenience thing. If the door only unlocked when you ...
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Help opening stuck drivers side door on a 1999 Lexus GS 400

Have you tried working the lock mechanism manually with the physical key? The door lock module you installed will have to be electrically connected. Also, check the fuse (20A) for "D FR DOOR". Or ...
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