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whats the best way to go about changing your door locks? i dont have a key for the doors or the ignition to my car, i already mangled the ignition one (and replaced the switch and the cylinder) and now i need to redo the doors. does the glass have to come out? i already have the door panels out but i cant seem to get at it??/ any advice appreciated thanks
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After you have the panels off. set the window ALL the way up. Then....reach in under neath till you can feel the lock cylinder. There is first...the bar that goes from the lock cylinder to the latch. this can be eased out, then where the cylinder meets the doorpanel...there is a retaining plate. this needs be slipped off. afterwards the doorlock cylinder will drop off the front.
This is a blind-by-feel job...so be patient. Expect some bruised knuckles.
Admittedly it is EASIEST with the window out...and the regulator removed...but that's a lot of work. It can be done with it in.

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The lock cylinder retaining clip is hard to pull so be careful when it suddenly comes off your hand doesn't get cut open on the edges of the door openings. You should be able to install it by hand though. I push the door lock in and slip the retainer in with the other hand, wiggling it side to side after the leading edges goes between the lock cylinder "ears" and the door panel. The retaining clips for the lock rod I've always had to use a small screw driver and had to be careful, I busted a few clips getting in a hurry.

Good fixings!

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\i find a pair of needle nose pliers or needle nose vise grips works best to pull the retainer clip off, it is similar in style to a brake hose to bracket clip-flat with a raised rear lip.

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i just finished up the driver side door, no major problems, but i wasted the clip and that plastic bushing that held the lock rod onto the new cylinder/ is this repop-ed or is there a way i can get it to stay (now the lock rod just falls out, i tried a cotter pin kinda deailio but its nothing that will last. thanks again
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I can't stress enough what Dean T mentions in his post. The inside door panels are sharp, and will
cut you easily. Just ask me how I got this scar on my wrist. I had a hold of the clip with a pair of vise
grips. when that baby let go. well yo can figure the rest. Take an old garden hose, split it and push it
over the opening, or cover it with duct tape, or a towel or something.

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Shaummy

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