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I lost the remote to my GMC Canyon 2006. Isn't there a way to lock and open the vehicle with a key alone? I seems there isn't. I can lock the front door, but then I can't open it with the key!

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  • Peter McAlpine
    Peter McAlpine Nov 06, 2010

    Hmmm! You mean I should remove the panel on the inside of the door? and disconnect the actuator? But the actuator worked on the remote until I lost it. Also, the key turns to the right, but nothing happens to the door lock. Should the key be going to the left?

  • Peter McAlpine
    Peter McAlpine Nov 06, 2010

    But the key turns easily to the right. Is it supposed to turn to the left also? I've never used the key to open the door as I had a remote. Oil hasn't helped so far. The door locks easily when I use the power lock button inside the truck

  • Peter McAlpine
    Peter McAlpine Nov 06, 2010

    How can the actuator be stuck if the power lock work from the button inside? Somehow the key won't unlock the door even though it seems to move normally to the right.

  • Peter McAlpine
    Peter McAlpine Nov 07, 2010

    OK! The certainty that the lock should turn both ways lead to the solution. I took apart the door finding 2 rods connected to the lock: one for the door handle and the other responding to the key. I used a pliers to force the one connected to the key as I also turned the key to the left. Finally the rod broke something loose in the actuator and everthing started working!



    Several years ago my truck was broken in via the glass window. Glass shards filled-up the door and was still in evidence. Probably a glass shard got stuck in the actuator somehow where the "key rod" is supposed to move.



    Thanks for the indirect help that was invaluable in getting me on the right track. . . clearly the door on the 2006 Canyon NOT MADE TO BE SERVICED!

  • Peter McAlpine
    Peter McAlpine Nov 07, 2010

    Thanks!

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This usually happens because we use key fabs/remotes but occassionally we do still need to use the locks to prevent the locks from corroding and seizing up. You can spray a graphite lubricant into the lock and working the key into the lock.There is a product called locklube which should be available at your local auto parts vendor.You spray it into the lock lube and work the key in the lock. If this process does not work the lock may need to removed and replaced or rebuilt.

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    Jonathan S Nov 06, 2010

    I agree with you the actuator is not going to make a difference in this case.Oil may just be to thick to work its way through the lock.

  • Jonathan S
    Jonathan S Nov 06, 2010

    The lock should turns both ways.

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Hello pemca. Your locks need some tender loving care and even more important some penetrating lubricant. Get a can of WD-40 at any auto parts store. Spray some into each of the key holes with the little tube provided with the can. Let it sit for a few minutes and then spray some lube on that pesky key and insert it in the hole. Work the key in and out a few times and wiggle it. IT will eventually turn and it will open your door. Joe

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Hi! The door lock actuators are surely stuck. I strongly suggest that you disconnect the steel rod connecting the actuators and lock so you can lock and unlock it manually till you get a new security system. Before detaching the actuators behind the door trimming I strongly suggest that you spray wd40 to loosen the key hole. This can help too on turning the key smoothly. If still no luck then go to detaching the steel rod on the actuator. Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa!

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