How To Clean A Door Lock Cylinder:
In this article we are going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to clean your door lock cylinder. You may have seen many times how dirty a door lock cylinder is. They look like they haven’t been cleaned in years! So here’s what you need to know about cleaning your door lock cylinder.
1) Do not use bleach or any other chemical cleaner on your door lock cylinder. These chemicals will damage the mechanism and make it impossible to open the door. Instead, use a good quality automotive grease such as WD-40.
2) Use a lint free cloth when cleaning your door lock cylinder. Lint gets caught inside the mechanism causing wear and tear over time which eventually causes failure of the mechanism itself.
3) If you don’t want to buy new parts, then you can simply take apart your old door lock cylinder and clean it yourself. Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Remove the two screws holding the back plate onto the door frame. Then remove four Phillips head screws securing the back plate into place. Step 2: Once removed, carefully pry up from top of back plate until it pops off. Step 3: Now carefully pull out the rear panel.
3) When using a lint free cloth, wipe away the excess dirt from the surface of the cylinder first. Then, apply a thin coat of oil to the cylinder. Allow it to dry completely before turning it over and wiping off any remaining oil again. Repeat until all dirt has been removed from the surface of your door lock cylinder.
4) Once you have cleaned out your door lock cylinder, you should also clean the back plate and rear panel before putting it all back together again. The reason you clean these parts is because dirt can sometimes get into these parts while you have the door panel off, so it’s best to clean it all out while you have it disassembled.
5) Before re-installing your door panel, lubricate all moving parts of the door lock. This will make it so the key turns smoothly and the door opens easily.
So there you have it, now you know how to clean a door lock cylinder. Remember these tips the next time you need to open up that car door!
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TIP: When cleaning a door lock, also clean the area around the handle. This is a common place for grime and dirt to build up over time.
Door Lock Cylinder: How To and Tips
The door lock cylinder on your car is one of the more important parts, seeing as it is what makes sure that you are safe inside of your vehicle from potential thieves and strangers. In the unfortunate even that someone tries to break into your car, they will find that it is very difficult to break through the lock in order to steal something.
However, in order to keep yourself and your belongings safe, you are going to have to learn how to maintain and care for this part of your car. This means replacing it when it is too old or damaged. If you do not know the different symptoms of a worn out door lock cylinder, then there are a few signs that you can look out for.
For one, the key will begin to have problems going into the cylinder. At first, this will start off as minor, such as the key only going in only one way. But after a while if not replaced, the entire cylinder may become twisted or bent in a way that causes the entire locking mechanism to not work at all. Eventually, someone who wants to steal from you will easily be able to break through your car door window and take what they want.
Also, if you notice that you are having problems with the car doors themselves, such as them not opening or shutting properly, then it may be a sign that the lock needs to be replaced. Dirt and grime can easily get into the key hole of your door cylinder and jam up the entire locking mechanism.
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