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Old 12-03-2003, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Car broken into: Replacing Lock Cylinder?

Someone broke into my car last night, they popped out the driverside lock cylinder. I didn't get a chance to really look at it yet to see all what they broke, but the door still shuts and locks from the inside. Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm just wondering what I'm going to need to replace. Any idea what a new lock cylinder costs to replace and what is involved in rekeying the cylinder?

Whoever broke into the car was just looking to steal a radio I guess. They didn't take a damn thing. They left my Techtom, all my gauges, and didn't touch a thing under the hood.

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Old 12-03-2003, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I feel you pain. I have had that happen to me 3 times now. I finally just stopped replacing the cylinders. The local auto parts store has them for $30 a pair and the local locksmith charged $15 a pair to rekey them.

I have removed my lock cylinders (They don't even fit anymore anyway, because the metal on the door is so bent up from numberous break-ins.) and will fill the hole with metal and smooth it all out. I have power locks on the doors, so I really don't need the cylinders.
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Old 12-03-2003, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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does anyone know if there is any kind of mod to prevent them from popping it out? is that just a flaw with our cars? i was thinkin of maybe getting those barrel locks but i dunno..
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Old 12-03-2003, 01:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well it happen 2 me about 2-3 times, all i did was a alarm and it stopped, they never popped the locked, they did it the easy way broke my window.
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I feel you pain. I have had that happen to me 3 times now. I finally just stopped replacing the cylinders. The local auto parts store has them for $30 a pair and the local locksmith charged $15 a pair to rekey them.

I have removed my lock cylinders (They don't even fit anymore anyway, because the metal on the door is so bent up from numberous break-ins.) and will fill the hole with metal and smooth it all out. I have power locks on the doors, so I really don't need the cylinders.
What parts store was this? I just called the local Nissan dealer and they want $73 for a single lock cylinder with a new key. Whats involved in putting the new cylinder in? I'm gonna have to remove the door panel to beat the sheet metal back out a bit. F'in bastards.
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That happened to me 2 weeks ago. I just left the thing as it is. I'm buying another SE-R.
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Old 12-03-2003, 04:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I found a pair of locks for $40 from the local Pepboys. Are there any other pieces that usually need replacing? I haven't had a chance to look at it since I'm still at work.
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Old 12-03-2003, 06:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Any difference in the door locks between 91-94?
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Old 12-04-2003, 03:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I had to buy a lock set for mine. The whole set was $70 or so from the dealer as I remember it. It was ignition, 2 doors and the trunk.

Sill haven't done the ignition and the trunk. My dealer put the 2 doors on for me, Just to have another one lost the second time it was broken into. (That was the famous ash tray only break in.) So I use 2 keys now...

So I got a circle piece of alum. plate. Worked it to cover the hole, painted it and stuck it on with epoxy putty. I really don't need a lock on the passenger side anyway. Hey new cars don't even come with them!
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Old 12-04-2003, 03:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The ignition Lock is a bitch----took me 2 hours to get it replaced--the rest of them are a piece of cake.....

I would recomend buying the whole new set from the dealer---then you have ALL new locks AND they all match .

there is only a retainer clip holding the locks in the doors on the inside of the sheet metal..they pop out if you pry because it breaks the clip but unfortunatly, pretty much ALL cars are like that so don't feel left out or that you have been cheated by nissan.....(also they can be a pain to get to if you don't have small hands)

I say get them all and replace them all---just make sure you have a good couple of tools and make sure you disconnect your battery when you replace the ignition lock...otherwise the 4 other cylinders will take you a grand total of maybe 1 hour.
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Old 12-04-2003, 03:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Jay- Did you have to drill out the screws on the old ignition lock?

Thats what really has been stopping me from getting it changed. It looks like a beotch!
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Old 12-09-2003, 11:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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YEA---thats what took me so long. the other locks took like no time at all--I spend a good 2 hours on that one but I'm sure that a nissan tech would have a better idea of how to get it apart....
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Old 12-09-2003, 11:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. I figured out how to do the locks, not too bad, except my arm got covered in that adhesive they use to hold the plastic liner on. I have bigger problems now, I ran into a guardrail, and the starters shot. Bad things always seem to happen in 3's.
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Old 12-12-2003, 12:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Good to know you got the lock thing fixed, Jonathan.

I hear ya on the problems coming in threes. With me its even worse, they're always a damn multiple of three!
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