Yes, it's very easy. Once you get the door panel off, you'll see that the lock cylinder is only held in place by a slide-in clip retainer. Slide the clip retainer off to the side with a screwdriver & the lock is free to come out after you release the control rod from it. There's a little plastic retainer gizmo you rotate off the rod IIRC that releases it from the lock.
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Well from my understanding if you strip off the panels and bring the doors to a local locksmith you can have him reset the tumblers in the doors to the same key that you have for your 1/2 doors and ignition. That way they all match and you can change your doors as you like and not worry about it. Odds are you can get it done for around $20-30.
Just got in the passenger half door and removed the lock with no probs; it's open with a straight shot to the lock. The full door however, yikes....absolutely no access to remove the clip holding the lock in. Only option I can see is to take a 2" hole saw and cut through the interior steel panel to get to it. That, or someone with real tiny hands M I G H T be able to weasel in there. Sigh.....
Got the locks swapped over today. Wasn't easy as pie, but got it done. Used a 2" hole saw and cut through the interior steel hiding the lock. The interior door panel hides the hole so there's no ugliness about the project Also noticed that the full door lock has an extended arm connecting it to the door handle, as opposed to the half door lock which had a short arm. Removed the C-clips from both and swapped the arms over too. Working door locks! 2 hours time, assorted screwdrivers and a 2" hole saw (also used a dremel to clean up the hole), one Miller High Life, no prob
what about swapping out the slide clip retainers and all the other parts around the cylinder? I ask because I just bought some used hard doors to replace my half doors, but the stuff around the lock itself (on the full doors I just bought) is what seems to be malfunctioning. Anytime it is really cold over night, ill open the door but something inside there wont reset and I am not able to get the door shut. I close the door but it will just bang off (think of a dead bolt on your houses front door being in the locked position while it's open, and when you go to shut the door it just bangs).
Should I open up the panel and just do some cleaning of the parts. Or should I swap out the stuff in my half doors that work for the stuff in my full doors that do not seem to work. Or should I just buy new gear?
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