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This is a discussion on jammed lock cylinder within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; so my key doesnt work in my drivers side door anymore, but it still works fine in the passenger side ...

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    jammed lock cylinder

    so my key doesnt work in my drivers side door anymore, but it still works fine in the passenger side and trunk. anyone have any experience with anything like this?

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    I honestly dont remember the last time I used the key in my door. I can remember the first time i used my key in the trunk, though. It was last weekend, and i was happy to remember that the key will open it, cause I had the battery disconnected. The keys will wear out, and it seems like they won't open the door if it is raining. That's the first sign. It sounds like your cylinder is worn out. The two sides are probably interchangeable. You are gonna have to take it off to start, so pull it and soak it. By then Jay will tell you if you can just swap the sides. Otherwise a locksmith should be able to repin a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    I honestly dont remember the last time I used the key in my door. I can remember the first time i used my key in the trunk, though. It was last weekend, and i was happy to remember that the key will open it, cause I had the battery disconnected. The keys will wear out, and it seems like they won't open the door if it is raining. That's the first sign. It sounds like your cylinder is worn out. The two sides are probably interchangeable. You are gonna have to take it off to start, so pull it and soak it. By then Jay will tell you if you can just swap the sides. Otherwise a locksmith should be able to repin a new one.
    are you making fun of me? or what? NO i wasn't going to tell him or her to swap them out. That doesn't make any sense. Is either bad (froze) or the metal wire fell out of the cylinder.
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    Being from PA means salted roads if you drive her in winter.
    Corrosian is likely @ play here even if you don't run it in winter.
    Moisture gets into everything and if you mostly or mainly use your fob,
    to open locked doors corrosion is likely built up inside them.
    You can lube them with penetrating oil and work the key in and out/back and forth to free them up.
    Just remember to get the extra oil off the paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Being from PA means salted roads if you drive her in winter.
    Corrosian is likely @ play here even if you don't run it in winter.
    Moisture gets into everything and if you mostly or mainly us your fob,
    to open locked doors corrosion is likely built up inside them.
    You can lube them with penetrating oil and work the key in and out/back and forth to free them up.
    Just remember to get the extra oil off the paint.
    this will be an easy and cheap fix. Use some PB blaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Being from PA means salted roads if you drive her in winter.
    Corrosian is likely @ play here even if you don't run it in winter.
    Moisture gets into everything and if you mostly or mainly us your fob,
    to open locked doors corrosion is likely built up inside them.
    You can lube them with penetrating oil and work the key in and out/back and forth to free them up.
    Just remember to get the extra oil off the paint.
    lol smittro nice avatar pic. its all about the H3 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    lol smittro nice avatar pic. its all about the H3 now.

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    I agree with the penetrating oil solution. Or graphite lube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTA98 View Post
    are you making fun of me? or what? NO i wasn't going to tell him or her to swap them out. That doesn't make any sense. Is either bad (froze) or the metal wire fell out of the cylinder.
    Nope, just trying to help. ANd opening the door for you.

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    i actually noticed it over the winter, but thought the lock was actually frozen (ive had that happen before), and havent really tried since.

    ill try some PB blaster this weekend, thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az gt eater View Post
    Nope, just trying to help. ANd opening the door for you.
    lol ok.

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