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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Lock Cylinders

Went out to my Bird this morning and noticed that my passenger side door lock and truck locks have both been messed with. Somebody was obviously trying to get into my car. Doesn't look like they tried very hard as they weren't able to get in and nothing was taken but they did manage to ruin both lock cylinders. Does anybody know how hard it is to change them?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 01:25 PM
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If you look on the door jam of your door, there will be a clip that you pull out that holds the lock cylinder in. Once out, you can pull the lock assembly out to get to the plastic connector that connects to the actuating rod to the cylinder. A small screwdriver works well. You shouldn't have to take the inner door panel off unless you drop the rod or if you your lock has a light. In that case you may have to take the door panel off to get to the harness connector. The trunk lock is pretty easy, you just have to drill a rivot that holds the clip retainer in.

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I just repaired the one in my drivers door. Since I had no experiance, I took of the door panel only to discover that in most cases you don't need to. Only if you have illuminated entry will you need to remove the door panel. If you don't want to do that, pull the cylinder out and cut, then splice the wires, but I wouldn't recommend that simply because you're creating a potential future problem. I discovered that you can no longer get the lock cylinder from Ford, and If you are lucky enough to find one it will cost (here at least) about 160.00 Bucks! Go to a yard, find the right car (T'bird/Cougar), and pay abought 20.00 Bucks for a used cylinder. As stated, open the door, pull the clip out/off of the door lock, and it will pop right out of the hole. When replacing it in your car, the plastic actuater on the cylinder will come off with a little effert with a screw driver. Also, if you do drop the rod and don't want to pull the panel, use a pencil sized pocket magnet (with a telescoping rod and the magnet on the tip) to pull the rod back to where you can work on it. Good luck!!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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We'll, I'm thinking the trunk lock is going to get covered over, almost like shaving a door handle. I don't use the trunk often and if I need in it, I will just open it from inside. As for the door lock, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. I may just end up fabricating some way to replace the lock cylinder w/ a metal slug which would eliminate that lock as well. I have keyless entry and never use a key in the passenger side. I would then just need to decide if I wanted to do the same thing on the drivers side as well.
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