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Old 11-29-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
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Quick fix for your center console lock

I was about to go buy a new lock for my center console because it would stick as if it were locked. It gradually got worse until I couldnt push the lock open anymore on my console. This fix should work for most models and years because the lock is pretty standard. Mine is on a 2003 TJ. The "catching" symptom is caused by the center pin being tooo flat (such as an unsharpened pencil). This fix will round off the center pin allowing it to glide smoothly against the lock plunger.

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1st, remove the lock mechanism by pushing in both tabs located on either side of the bottom side of the lock, see pic A. See pic B for mechanism removed.

2nd, now push in the single (1) plastic clip on the side of the mechanism located above my thumb in pic C to remove the lock out of the housing. Do this over a table to catch the pieces that will fall once the lock is removed. there are 4 internal pieces.(2 springs, center pin and the plunger see pic D).

3rd, I've already rounded off the flat side of my center pin (see pic E). Your's will come out flat (like an unsharpened pencil). Shave off the edges of this plastic piece and the plunger will slide easily again as if it were brand new. Put the lock mechanism back together in the reverse order and you should have no problem. You just saved some cash. Good Luck.
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Old 11-29-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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I did the same thing for mine, works like a charm. Only thing I did different was instead of using a knife, I filed mine down flat.....

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Old 11-29-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
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Mine is hardware hell to open when TS unlocked ( unless you know how to do it right. So I figure a theft would come andvthink its locked then leave!
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This is great info coming along at the perfect moment. Just had to pull my lock out because it was jammed completely. I will try this and get it all fixed! Thanks!!!
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #5
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I did the same thing for mine, works like a charm. Only thing I did different was instead of using a knife, I filed mine down flat.....
funny, i was actually looking for one of my 3 files and couldnt find even 1. So I just chiseled away with the first knife I found. The pin is soft plastic, so yes the file would do great.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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I've heard about these locks failing from a number of jeeperz who have had the same issue. It's a matter of time. It's a simple fix though. Either "Jeep" should go with a metal center pin to avoid warping, OR just have this pin rounded on the manufacturing assembly line huh?
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funny, i was actually looking for one of my 3 files and couldnt find even 1. So I just chiseled away with the first knife I found. The pin is soft plastic, so yes the file would do great.
LOL! Well, the first file I found happened to be an nail file.... but it worked just fine. Thanks for posting your write up, I had called the day I fixed mine to order a replacement and it's about $40 as I recall, so of course ingenuity took over... Never thought to do a write up, or even that it was probably a common problem. Good Job!
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I say keep a bag of shit in the center console. If someone wants to take the time to break into it they'll get a nice treat. My valuables go with me or in a lock box. Nevertheless I'm doing this mod
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Be aware that getting the spring replaced so that it actually works again can be a challenge..... I thought for sure I had totally screwed mine up, but finally, I got it all put back the right way...... This is why I don't do much installation.... I'm very good at removal, installing is a whole nuther story.....
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Geeeez it's so much easier to get into my console...what a difference.
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I shaved off too much and out didn't work. But I got it working again
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I should add a warning not to shorten the length of the pin, only round off the edges.
Sorry to hear you had a little trouble Bob.
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I should add a warning not to shorten the length of the pin, only round off the edges.
Sorry to hear you had a little trouble Bob.
If anyone has the same issue of it being to short, put some layers of duct tape between the plastic part you're filing and the metal locking mechanism to lengthen it, don't ads too much though. As the op says don't file all of it, just one side
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If anyone has the same issue of it being to short, put some layers of duct tape between the plastic part you're filing and the metal locking mechanism to lengthen it, don't ads too much though. As the op says don't file all of it, just one side
Good point Bob, you just need to file one side. The side that faces towards the plunger in the unlocked position.
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Anyone else try it yet?
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Great write up, but won't work for my 2000. After pulling it all apart, I found that the lock cylinder was actually used to move the latch! Just a small tab on the cylinder is making contact with the release, so I either live with it, or replace the lock cylinder entirely…
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