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Metal fatigue has messed up the driver side door lock latch

I will find a new door, but need any "tricks" you may know about the replacment. Especially when it comes to the electrical.

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Remove door panel,remove plastic nylon, You will see inside part of lock drum, with a center arm screwed in, remove arm carefully and look for a "U" Grooved,lock around bottom attaching drum to panel clipped from the top, pride up with flat screw driver and lock drum will fall out, get new drum from junk yard or better with dealer

Posted on Jan 25, 2009

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    Cesar Bikic Jan 25, 2009

    That is the way to replace the Key drum on door.

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