Locks and Latches

Locks and latches are parts of a door. While the latch ensures that the door stays in a closed position to prevent it from opening, lock prevents the door from being opened without a matching key.

2,639 Questions
Locks and Latches

What type of vehicle uses Axxess 14R1 key?

This is a generic blank key sold by places like Home Depot. It is for a door or trunk but could be any vehicle, since it depends who duplicated it.

Cars & Vehicles
Locks and Latches

What type of vehicle uses Axxess 19R2 key?

Luxury vehicles may utilize an Axxess 19R2 key.

Car Batteries
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How To

How to change the battery in a key fob?

It's a two part sliding mechanism. Hold the key in your hand with the key bit pointing forward and the larger part of hosing to the right. Now with your thumb on the back of the fob supporting the thinner section and your other two fingers on the larger section, on the front of the fob. Push backwards with your two fingers supporting with your thumb. It is quit stiff so a fair bit of pressure is required.

AnswerOn a Hyundai factory-supplied key fob such as that used on the 2002 Sonata or XG350 there is a riveted leather strap connecting the key to the fob. Slide this strap to the side and you will see an opening between the halves of the fob. Stick a slim screwdriver into this opening and twist it until the two halves separate. This will expose the circuit board and the battery (usually a CR2032 3V lithium battery). Pop the battery out of its holder being careful not to lose the metal conductor/tab that connects the positive side of the battery to the circuit board. Make a note of how this metal conductor/tab sits within the battery "pocket" in case it falls out. Replace the battery making sure the conductor/tab is in place. Once the battery is popped into place it holds the confuter/tab in place as well. Make sure the dust/water o-ring surrounding the fob is intact and carefully press the two halves back together until they "snap" closed. Test that the fob works correctly by unlocking and locking the car doors. You should not need to program the fob if you are just replacing the battery.

Hope this helps those who were going as crazy as I was when all they wanted to do was replace a simple battery.

Auto Parts and Repairs
Chevy Celebrity
Door Panels and Handles
Locks and Latches

How do you fix a car door lock that doesn't open from the outside?

Door locksRemove the inside door panel ( it's not as difficult as you may think) examine the lock and find the rods that connect the key part of the lock to the lock mechanism ( called the linkage) the linkage is usually connected by nylon or plastic clips. if nylon, just pop the clip back into place and you're done. If plastic or if the nylon clip is worn you will have to get a replacement from your dealer. they are relatively cheap and it's worth it to get an exact fit part. lastly if your dealer can't locate on, check a local salvage yard for a wreck that did not have the same door damaged.

Something to think about

More and more vehicles are coming with remote entry key fobs. When all you use is the keyless entry system door locks in some climates will seize up from lack of use. Have them lubed on a regular basis and use the key every once in a while to keep things moving. If you lube them youself make sure the window is in the up position as some aerosols will shoot a fair distance and if the window is down it can get on the window, smear it and get on the felt window guide and takes forever to wear off.

If your automatic lock isn't working, here are 4 easy steps to repair car door lock.

1. Check the Least Obvious First

It should be the most obvious, but most of the time we simply don't think of the auto key lock on our keychains. Called a key fob, it is operated by a battery that does wear out after several years of use. Replace the battery and then check it out by unlocking your doors.

2. Check Other Door Locks

Before rushing to rip off the door panel and replacing wires and parts, check the other locks. Do they work? If not, then you have a blown fuse. If they do work, the problem is most likely in the door lock solenoid.

3. Work the Lock Manually

While the key is on, work the door manually up and down while using the auto lock at the same time. If the lock tries to move, then it is a frozen lock mechanism.

4. Move Door Back And Forth

Hold the lock button down while you move slowly open and close the door. If the lock works then you have a broken or frayed wire that needs to be changed or repaired.

Try these tips for a quick way to repair car door lock. If these tips do not work and you can't find the problem, see a mechanic.

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Grand Am SE

How do you fix a car trunk lock?

Here are several answers from FAQ Farmers: * If the trunk lock is broken, it's probably one of those things that needs to be replaced.. after all if your keeping valuable items in your trunk, you want something that will lock up. A lock is a fairly intricate peice of hardware, and with many small parts to it, it's difficult to fix. A locksmith, is probably not a good idea. They may not care about the car itself and cause more trouble than they are worth, a mechanic will be willing to replace the lock, or fix it if possible. The only problem this these locks, is that often, the lock housing is located between your cars and the metal framing for the trunk. Since these two have been welded and assembled in the shop years ago, they are extremely difficult to access. * It depends. If the sheet metal was damaged, that will have to be repaired first, or the lock won't seat properly. That's done by a body shop. The lock itself would have to be looked at-by a locksmith. If it's not possible to repair, a new one can be installed and keyed to match. This is NOT something many car dealers or mechanics can do. Removal and replacement of the lock cylinder isn't very difficult, BTW-if not self-evident, a service manual should show how.

Locks and Latches

How do you get superglue out of car lock?

Ouch! It will probably be easier and cheaper to just have the whole lock assembly removed and replaced.


If the lock can be removed then use "Goof Off" to soak the lock. The wafers can usually be removed and cleaned, just make sure everything is kept in order. But if possible it is usually better to just replace.

Locks and Latches

How do I reset my Trek lock combination We forgot the combo and now it won't open?

i guess you should try and hit it with hammer or ax?

ANS 2 - Either spend hours trying all the 'combos' that are likely -or just get a new one - and this time make the combination a number that you won't forget ! - birthday or something like that.

Cars & Vehicles
VW Jetta
Locks and Latches

Why does your car beep when you lock and unlock?

Cars beep when you lock and unlock it so people will know if it actually worked (locked or unlocked).

Cars & Vehicles
Door Panels and Handles
Locks and Latches

How do you open your car door when it's frozen shut?

Pour warm water were it shuts. Also, if can reach the car with an extension cord you can use a hair dryer.

VW Golf
Locks and Latches

How do you open a VW Golf if the central locking fails and the key wont open car manually?

take a wire put it true the window and lift the door button,after open go make spare key

Car Electronics and Lights
Windows and Mirrors
Locks and Latches

Lock is to open as unprotected is to?

Luck is to open as unprotected is to panic

Locks and Latches

Which key does not open any lock?

A donkey, monkey, turkey, piano key, keychain, or Key West. It's a play on the word key.

Locks and Latches

If a store says they are open 24-7 why would they have locks on their doors?


  • The landlord installed it many years ago, before this 24-hour store signed the lease.
  • Sometimes, when the clerks work alone, they also need to go to the bathroom.
  • So that you can lock down in emergencies, such as tornado warnings, or lock down situations or when they're doing construction.
  • They can lock up on holidays such as New Years Day, Christmas Eve night, and Christmas.
  • For occasional, temporary down time such as inventory control.
  • Doors are made that way. They are are manufactured with locks. You can't buy an exterior door that doesn't come with a lock.
  • Stores are made that way. In designing a store you need to consider unforseen events such as emergencies or a future change in store hours. Some stores may abandon the 24-7 schedule years later.
  • Since it costs practically nothing extra to order doors with locks, why not? It would cost a lot more later to add them in.
  • There is an end to every beginning.
  • The store is required to have locks for emergencies like a bomb threat when all customers have to leave the store, and it's closed for a big part of the night.
  • Many stores, right after getting robbed, will lock customers outside, so that the police can take full charge and investigate what happened with all that missing money.
  • If the store didn't have locks on their doors, the insurance costs would be higher.
  • Many large United Kingdom 24/7 shops are not allowed to open on Sunday nights (due to old laws) and so would need the locks to close on Sunday nights.
  • Many places lock up, if there is a power outage.
  • Some stores used to have regular hours, before they became a 24-hour stores.
  • A store may stay in business for a certain amount of time, then sell to someone else who wants locks on the doors.
Locks and Latches

Is it illegal to own lock picks in geogia?

No, it is not illegal to own lock picks in Georgia - or any other state for that matter.

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Home & Garden
Louis Vuitton

How do you open samsonite suitcase when combination is lost?

If you put pressure on the hinge(pull) and change the number until it clicks the try the next number and when they all click it should open if it doesn't thy remember the code...

Locks and Latches

Can a locksmith make a key to match a lock?

Yes, it is a very simple task for an experienced locksmith.

VW Jetta
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Late Model 1979-New Ford Mustangs

How can you fix the passenger door lock on 1990 Jetta Volkswagen when the doors will not open from in or outside?

I am a locksmith in Maryland. It sounds like the linkage that goes from your outside and inside handles to the latch have come undone for some reason. OR the latch itself may be jammed for some reason. Did someone recently use a slim Jim on the car or maybe someone tried to break into it? Call around to local locksmiths and get a price. They can come out and get the door open for you with special tools that fit down in the door for just such a purpose. It may just be that the latch is stuck, or if more repairs are needed they can advise you and give you a price to repair it. Or you can get the door panel off from there and fix it yourself. Just opening the door should be a minimal charge about the same as a regular car opening. Different locksmiths charge different rates. Shop around.

I had the same problem,

The latch mechanism wraps itself around a pin to keep the door closed. The pole is protected by a plastic tube for a tigh fit. What has happpened is that that plastic is worn out and is causing the latch to remain stuck.

First The manual says that the handle can be removed very easily by removing the plastic cover with a screwdriver, then remove one of the screws securing the handle to the door. Unfortunately, the second screw is located on the inside of the door which can't be removed because the door is shut and won't open. You will have to slide the handle toward the front of the vehicle and eventually breaking the handling assembly from the door. Once you have mangaged to remove the handle, you will notice a little metal plate, inside the door handle hole. That is the mechanism which the outside handle pushes down to open the door. It is probably seized...Spray lots of WD40 and with a hammer and flat screw driver, try knocking the assembly down.

IF you look deeper into the hole, observe how the locking mechanism works, and make sure that the door is unlock. Just behind and below you will be able to observed the innsr handles operation, by functioning the indoor handle.

Once you get the door open, check for the pin I told you about, spray more WD40 and replace the handle

Good luck

Ford Explorer
Door Panels and Handles
Locks and Latches

How would you go about opening a jammed car door?

If all obvious attempts fail, try the following:

Hit door panel with your hand, just below the outside door handle.

As hard as you can.

Use a foam pad to avoid damage to the door, (and your hand).

It has been known to work!

It worked on my car!!



remove the interior door panel. you will see a metal rod connecting your interior and exterior door handles. most of the time the rod comes loose from one or the other. reconnect the rod. theres not much space so you might need a pair of needlenose pliers. if that still doesnt work inside the door to the rear is a trip lever that after pulling will open the door. the lever can be stubborn but it will open the door. any service center should be able to open it for you.

If the door is jammed shut, it will not be possible to remove the door trim on most cars without destroying it. However, if you are able to roll the window down you should be able to insert a thin piece of metal (ie. wire coat hanger, slimjim etc.) and manipulate the door handle rod inside to pop it open. This is possible only if the reason behind the jam is mechanical and not structural.

Dodge Dakota
Locks and Latches

Hood latch cable broke on 89 dodge Dakota how can you open the hood?

we tried using a offset screwdriver to fix it but it won't work it is so hard to get to, we got the grill off but the radiator is in the way, we tried putting a screwdriver up in the hole to pop it it won't budge. help please

Asian Cars
Car Fuses and Wiring
Locks and Latches
Ford F-250

Does changing the fuse fix auto door locks that don't work?

Yes it could if a bad fuse is the problem

Chrysler PT Cruiser
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Car Alarm Systems

How do you reset the alarm on a Chrysler PT Cruiser?

You unlock the door with the key or with the remote.

Locks and Latches

How can you open a locked car door without the key?


Or if you use wireless door opening remote keyfob and you do have other one at home, then call anyone at home. When they reply to your call, ask them to take your other remote control and press open button near the phone. Put your phone next to your car when that button is pressed. Hope it works (EDIT: This is an urban legend and it DOES NOT WORK, so don't waste your time trying.)

Call a locksmith or someone who can get a spare key or remote from home.

Depending on the age of the car, a "jimmy" or removing the lock are the only options. A "jimmy" (a flat metal J shaped device that slides down the outside of the car window) can't be used on most modern cars as they are equipped with an anti-jimmy plate. A locksmith can defeat the lock and leave the door undamaged and you will need to get a replacement lock. Getting a spare key/remote from home is by far the least expensive solution.

Locks and Latches

Does the auto door lock keypad work with a dead battery?

No. It does not require very much power. If the battery is not putting out enough power to turn the starter, but is putting out some power it may still work. If the battery is totally dead it will not work.

Nissan Armada
VW Golf
Locks and Latches

How do you open a defective gas tank cover release lever?

Take a thin metal ruler or a thin screw driver and try to push in the latch. This will bend the latch so it'll open, then when it's fixed, you just bend it back.

On many more recent cars (since 1985) the first aid is to open the trunk, locate the tank cover cable, and ease back on it whilst trying to lift the cap. If that opens it, feel for cover spring action; the spring is on the side opposite the latch and often fatigues in half. These springs are almost impossible to find. If the cover won't open it may be warped due to a zealous station attendant etc. Usually you can unwarp it with care not to foul up the hinge.

Otherwise, the cable has slipped on its clamp at one end or the other. Usually the cable needs to be replaced by a mechanic.

Chevy Blazer S-10
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Ford Ranger XL

How can you fix a stuck car door?

Hey Amber==It is hard to say what is wrong with the door. It depends on what kind of car it is on but I would take it to a mechanic who knows about doors. GoodluckJoe


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