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Old 08-31-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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Center console gettin harder and harder to epen

The locking center console (b/w the front seats) has been getting more and more difficult to open. I really have to push hard to get it to open. Anybody else have this problem and found a solution? Gracias.

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Old 08-31-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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Mine is really hard sometimes to turn the key to lock and unlock it. Not open it. Idk what it is probably just the mechanism that locks and opens it

Im not to worried though.

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Old 08-31-2012, 03:21 PM   #3
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sooo frustrating!!! i had this problem too. it pissed me off so badly one day, i just ripped up on the bastard and exploded the lock....

now that it's broken, i don't keep anything important inside, but it sure is nice not having to fight the damn thing just to grab my work hat.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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I had this problem for a long time. I finally removed the center console cover via the two Phillips head screws on the inside. I took it over to the bench and sprayed WD40 in every crack I could find in the locking mechanism. Worked it for a while and it eventually loosened up.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:59 PM   #5
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Cixpak, you're more patient than I am... I took BeaverJeeper's route and ripped it open. While the instant gratification was tremendous, I wouldnt recomend the "Hulk-Smash" approach to anyone else. Now I've got one more thing I have to replace!
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:19 PM   #6
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sooo frustrating!!! i had this problem too. it pissed me off so badly one day, i just ripped up on the bastard and exploded the lock....

now that it's broken, i don't keep anything important inside, but it sure is nice not having to fight the damn thing just to grab my work hat.
i wouldnt put anything valuable in there anyways, the things junk.

once you actually get it unlocked you have to worry about not snapping those cheap hinges.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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i have the same problem. To unlock and lock it is a pain. but i also have a hard time opening it. but i found the trick on how to open right. now just everyone else has problems. i would like to find a way to fix though. that would be pretty chill.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:25 PM   #8
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It just needs a little exercise. Mine was like that, put a little oil in the lock and it loosened up quite a bit. Works pretty well now but requires a special touch.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:59 PM   #9
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There is actually a write up on how to remedy this. Can't remember if it was on here or YouTube.

Basically you take it apart and file down the pin/plunger that has mushroomed out over time.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:20 PM   #10
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If you get it open open remove the lock. I sprayed mine with pb blaster now it works like new.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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There is actually a write up on how to remedy this. Can't remember if it was on here or YouTube.

Basically you take it apart and file down the pin/plunger that has mushroomed out over time.
This^^^^^ it's easy and it works. I did the PB blast thing for a while. it helped but didn't fix it. Then I finally I took the thing apart and filed the catch flat again...😃. Works like new for over two years now
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:53 PM   #12
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i used some Rem Oil on it and just worked the mechanisms and now it works like new!
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i used some Rem Oil on it and just worked the mechanisms and now it works like new!
I used WD40 with the same results. Cheapest fix yet
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:41 AM   #14
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I have had to clean my lock assembley a few times in the 12 years I have owned her. It is getting bad again. I hose it down with WD40. Then blast it with air. Then apply a coat of gun oil. Works great till the dust and dew start getting in it again.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:22 AM   #15
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Awesome thanks. I'll have to disassemble it, spray it, and put it back together. It is (was?) where I keep the head unit for my radio and I feel like I'm breaking it every time I try to open it :/
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:00 PM   #16
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Found the article for filing down the plunger...

Quick fix for your center console lock

Super easy, took about 15 minutes. Doesn't really require any tools, just something to file with and something like a screwdriver to get the lock out of the cylinder.

Here's my plunger before...


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Works great so far! I'll update if it starts to fail again.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:04 PM   #17
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i sprayed wd40 in mine after it started getting difficult to open and i havent had a problem since.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:06 PM   #18
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I thought it was supposed to be hard to open
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:07 PM   #19
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Found the article for filing down the plunger...

Quick fix for your center console lock

Super easy, took about 15 minutes. Doesn't really require any tools, just something to file with and something like a screwdriver to get the lock out of the cylinder.

Here's my plunger before...


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Works great so far! I'll update if it starts to fail again.
Thanks for that link. My W-40 is starting to wear off. I'm thinking of giving this a try.
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Old 09-03-2012, 11:59 PM   #20
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Thanks for that link. My W-40 is starting to wear off. I'm thinking of giving this a try.
Yeah no problem. I used a file not the knife that appears to have been used in his tutorial in it works great! Also, it's really only one side of the plunger that needs to be filed to make it work, though I went all the way around.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:49 AM   #21
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I also used WD-40 two years ago and it still works fine.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:26 AM   #22
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PB blaster is the cure-all to any situation. It can be used as anything from eyewash to bug repellent! Spray some PB in the cam and i bet it will work like a champ.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:10 PM   #23
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PB blaster is the cure-all to any situation. It can be used as anything from eyewash to bug repellent! Spray some PB in the cam and i bet it will work like a champ


HA- you forgot to mention its good for mouthwash!!

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