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Old 04-26-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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Drivers door lock repair kit

Trying to remove the drivers door lock cylinder from my 89 ix since its not working with my key and having a hell of a time of it. Have the door panel removed but am having no luck trying to release the U shaped clip apparently holding the cylinder in place. Wondering if I'm doing something wrong. It's so awkward trying to get in there with pliers and my arm is getting pretty mangled. Anybody done this and can offer some advice?


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Old 04-26-2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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I cant help you directly with your lock, however, for about 30.00 and 1 hour of your time you can get key less entry kit off ebay.
It will eliminate the need to use holes...for keys.

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I cant help you directly with your lock, however, for about 30.00 and 1 hour of your time you can get key less entry kit off ebay.
It will eliminate the need to use holes...for keys.

http://zoso.no-ip.org/318i-ke.html

It's a massive pain to change door locks on the sedan--I ended up getting this, best $30 I ever spent.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-KEYLESS-E...item1c3188df4e
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #4
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Trying to remove the drivers door lock cylinder from my 89 ix since its not working with my key and having a hell of a time of it. Have the door panel removed but am having no luck trying to release the U shaped clip apparently holding the cylinder in place. Wondering if I'm doing something wrong. It's so awkward trying to get in there with pliers and my arm is getting pretty mangled. Anybody done this and can offer some advice?


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Get a large flat blade screw driver and place the face of the screwdriver between the lock and clip and twist - it should pop out.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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I've tried using a large flat blade screwdriver. Unfortunately my inner door panel does not have a large enough hole near the lock cylinder to get enough access or leverage. ImageUploadedByTapatalk 21367062590.228718.jpg Any other suggestions?


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Old 04-27-2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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I've tried using a large flat blade screwdriver. Unfortunately my inner door panel does not have a large enough hole near the lock cylinder to get enough access or leverage. Attachment 116104 Any other suggestions?


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Looks like its easier to do on a coupe - are you able to get to it through one of the holes in the door?
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Nope. I've tried everything. Almost ready to take it to a shop.


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Old 04-27-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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yes, that's exactly how it goes...mangled arm/hands and ingenuity. have to be creative doing it. it got in some how so it can be removed. I would remove the window and window track to give clearance for your arm. :-) yeah I know...more work..or you can do the cheapy fix - remote.
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Coat hanger with a u shaped hook
Have fun putting it back in ;-)
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I managed to get mine out by sticking my arm through the large opening at the bottom of the door. Mind you I do have small arms. But it is manageable, just not fun.
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I managed to get mine out by sticking my arm through the large opening at the bottom of the door. Mind you I do have small arms. But it is manageable, just not fun.
Care to lend me a hand? Pun intended.
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Come to Hamilton and I'll give you a hand.
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as mentioned it's easy enough to drop the window regulator and take the window out to make the job easier. the large opening is the way in but the glass and regulator and harness can get in your way.
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