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Old 08-22-2003, 02:06 PM
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disfunctional door keys

ok heres the prob, i have a key for my door, but i put the key in the door lock, the key will not turn at all. i can only lock it from the inside, like simply hitting the "lock button" is there a trick to this? my friend has a 66 stang witha very identical situation, and this is more for his benefit than my own, but i would still like to figure this out. thanks for ur help

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Old 08-22-2003, 02:14 PM
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Sounds like the lock cylinder is stuck. Spray some WD-40 in it to see if it works itself loose.
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:30 PM
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Red face 66 mustang owner

Thats what I first assumed might be wrong with the locks. I thought that the lock cylinder may have been old and inoperable... but after oiling it and and trying to wiggle the key (to get it to work) it still doesn't work. What should I do now? and possibly does the lock cylinder need more oil to break it free? (the key will wiggle left and right and has some play in it about a 1/8 to a 1/4 turn)
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:37 PM
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Try to turn the key as you lightly pull up on the interior lock. If the lock turns easily then you may have a bent arm or bad bushing or something inside the door.
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Old 08-22-2003, 02:45 PM
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I tried to slowly pull the inside lock mechanism up and down and slowly wiggled the key, i feel no tension anywhere....what does this mean? (this is on both locks) and how do i go about taking the molding off the door and how hard is it to buy or get a new rod... or is it possible to bend the current rod back? Could the lock cylinder on both doors possibly be bad? because the doors WILL lock... from the inside.. and they will hold from the outside if you roll the windows down to push them down.... (sweet frustration) OH YES.. ALSO THE KEY DOESN'T TURN IF THAT HELPS

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Old 08-22-2003, 03:03 PM
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Use your manual for exact instructions on removing the door panel.Usually involves removing the window handle and armrest then disengaging some clips.
Once the panel is off then disengage the rod from the cylinder. Try the key and if the lock turns freely then you know your lock cylinder isn't the culprit.
The rod can usually be straitened back up if bent.Keep in mind that there may be some bends there for clearance reasons.
There are usually plastic bushings or clips that hold the rod in place.Check these for wear.Replace if necessary.
Inspect all the components and oil any moving parts.

Should you find that you need to replace the cylinder locks,they are usually retained by a metal spring clip or a large threaded nut.
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what if the bushings are worn? is it possible to get them at advanced auto for a reasonable price (ie how much) and is it a relatively easy project? or a day project?
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Should be able to find them at any parts store, shouldn't cost much and yes this is an easy project.
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Door locks

is this a common thing to happen to both doors? is it common for both (rods) to be bent? and if the lock cylinder is bad, how much would those cost?
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As far as exact prices, you'd have to call the store you plan on getting them from. I can't see them being expensive. I would check the parts out first and narrow down the problem first though. Maybe you and your friend inadvertanly switched keys. LOL. Seriously though thirty years can do a lot to a lock cylinder, they could be worn out.




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Try this first. Have the key recut to a taller profile. I only say this since both doors do the same thing then the key must be the common factor. Any compitant locksmith will know what your asking to do and why. Shouldn't cost more than a few bucks for a test.

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Since your talking about both doors. Have you had any new keys made? if so there cut wrong. or the key is wore out
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I believe that the ignition switch was changed... and yes there was another key cut from the "original" or at least the first key we got with the car. I have tried both original and the new keys that have been cut, and neither do anything... again both doors (lock cylinder will not turn/work)... possibly could the keys both not be cut right? I dont know if the original keys are the original or if they were cut as well. I think that they are the originals though.

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Old 08-24-2003, 05:23 AM
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Some other thing to check and think about. Does the key work the trunk? They might of changed the door locks at one time.

If you can take the lock rod off the door tumbler or the lock module and see if the key turns the tumbler then it's in the lock module. and if the key dosn't turn the tumbler the the key is wrong or cut wrong.
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Old 08-24-2003, 04:30 PM
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Go to the parts store and buy a new lock cylinder kit....replace trunk/door locks provided in kit(also comes with new keys)
Your key is probably wrong or worn out...You know the saying K.I.S.S? It usually holds true.
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