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How to Rekey Your Car Lock

01/01/2014 Back To Blog

Looking or misplacing your car keys can be a very frustrating experience to encounter. It is a good idea to have a backup key available. Sometimes, even that key may not be available when most needed. In this case, you may have to perform a car lock rekey. Here are a few simple steps that will help you perform such a task.

Step 1 - Removal

The first thing you have to do is remove the locking mechanism from the car door. This method may vary depending on the year, make, and model of the vehicle. It will also depend on whether it is a trunk, door, or ignition lock you are trying to rekey. To best determine these specifications, you can refer to the vehicle owner’s manual or contact a technician in locksmith company in Pomona for further suggestions.

Once you have figured out exactly how to go about it, remove the tumbler on the inside. Next remove the inside cam and spring followed by inserting a key inside the tumble. This will move the pins from the cylinder wall. This will enable you to push the inside tumbler out through the back end. This key doesn’t have to be one that normally goes with the lock.

Replacing the Tumbling Pins

You can usually get lock replacement pins in a set. They vary in length and typically are numbered. Place the new ones in place of the old pins. Be sure that the new ones do not extend past the surface of the tumbler. Being organized is very important if you have to rekey multiple locks. The new pins should be arranged in the exact order as the old ones in order that the same key can be used for all locks.

Reassemble Tumbler

Once you are done, place the tumbler back inside the mechanism. Then slide the key inside of the car lock and turn. It should smoothly turn with the key. If it doesn’t, the pins may be worn or not the right length. To complete this job, you will need a rekey set, screwdriver, and some needle ended pliers or tweezers.

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