Door Lock Cylinder
You've done it countless of times, and so you never thought this would be any different. But as you turned the key to lock the door, it suddenly didn't work. It appears that the door lock cylinder was jammed or probably stuck. You feel panic slowly rising from within, as you try to figure out how you can leave your car if the doors can't be locked. What would happen to the stuff you have inside? Worse, what if the car is stolen? A busted door lock cylinder can surely create a lot of trouble.
Whenever you turn the key, you expect to hear that click saying that the door is finally unlocked. But this time around, you didn't hear or feel it. In some cases, the cylinder may even hold on to the key. Even if you turn it a couple of times more, it's just stuck and can't be released. The key may break while inside the broken cylinder. You may find yourself scrambling to find a locksmith or a mechanic to help you with the door lock problem. If the lock cylinder fails to work as needed and as expected, you may then start your search for the right replacement so you can have your peace of mind.
Searching for the right door lock cylinder replacement
When shopping for a lock cylinder for the door, you'll probably come across more than a few options. You can easily get confused if you don't know exactly what to look for. Here are a few tips to help you with buying the right door lock mechanism:
- Look for lock cylinder replacements that match the door lock system of your vehicle. Your search should be vehicle specific (using the complete auto details) so that the new lock cylinder will fit and work just like the factory-installed lock.
- The cylinder may be sold as a direct fit or as a universal fit. Universal lock cylinders can fit a wide range of vehicles but may not cover all models. You have to be sure that the cylinder can be easily installed to the door without needing a lot of modifications. Otherwise, the best choice would be a direct-fit replacement that has an OE-comparable quality or even better.
- Make sure that the door lock cylinder comes complete with keys. You can also buy a lock cylinder kit or purchase a single unit or a set of 2 or 4, depending on your needs. These are available in traditional chrome or black finish. You can choose to customize your car with this detail or stick to the factory design or finish.
- Also shop for better prices and a good warranty. Some door lock cylinders come with a coverage of 3 to 5 years. Even if the cylinder gets damaged because of an accident, some manufacturers will send in a new part through the warranty. The price of the door lock cylinder may range from around 25USD to as much as 150USD, depending on the brand, vehicle, and cylinder design or type. Some stores offer a price match, a discount, or a special deal. Don't miss out on this chance to get lower prices for your purchase.