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Have a new quickset on entry door from garage. works fine for a couple of days then will not unlock. key will turn and can manually move latch from inside, but lock will not release....any ideas? greg

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There is a tubular "Lazy cam" or tailpiece that passes from the cylinder on the outside operated with a key through the bolt and into the thumb turn on the inside. There is as "E" clip that holds the tubular Cylinder bar or "tailpiece" in place. Fixing it to the back of the keyed cylinder. The center portion of the clip ( that differentiates it from a "c" clip ) passes through a slot in the Cylinder bar to limit its "free rotation" this allows the tailpiece to turn freely enough for the thumb turn to operate the bolt from the inside without binding against the keyed cylinder on the outside, from the outside when you rotate the key far enough in either direction the clip comes to the end of the slot, catches and rotates the bar to operate the bolt. your problem is a broken clip. It is very common, and has been a vulnerability with this design for decades. The cause is usually tension on the bolt during operation with the key ( bolt dragging or rubbing against the strike on the frame) . You can replace the clip and relocate the strike plates on the frame to avoid this again or purchase something a little better than Kwikset.

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Visit your local Home Depot and purchase a Kwikset re-keying kit. They're inexpensive and work fine but stay alert and follow the instructions properly. This kit comes complete with proper pins as well as new keys. Good Luck!

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the first thing to check is to take the hardware off the door and check the lock cylinder with the key and make sure the key works the cylinder,, lots of times the tail piece is in the wrong position and will not allow the lock to turn. also - sometimes the latch and the lock are not lined up and bind, preventing the cylinder from turning.
but maybe the cyclinder itself is keyed wrong and if you take it back to the store where you bought it you should be able to swap it out for one that works,, install that one and all should be good.


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The answers to your problem are very numerous.
Usually what has happened is that when the lock was installed the pins (the part of the lock that rides on the cut part of the key) were not facing down. This allows dirt and debris to collect in the pin holes and also if a spring breaks it won't push the pin up to the cut part of the key. Some locks you can't even rotate to a position that faces down.
What I suggest is removing the knob or lever lock from the door and blowing out the key hole with compressed air. Work the key back and forth through the lock and blow it out again. If this doesn't work ... try and get a refund or a replacement from wherever you got it. Remember your time is worth money and so is your frustration. Don't waste allot of time trying to fix something that can be replaced relatively cheaply.

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You want to loosen and take out the screws and remove the key side of the door handle and turn it 180 degrees and reinstall it. Now when you do this you will have to rotate the tang 180 degrees also so the inside lines up. The tang is that little bar that runs the length of the door handle.

Regards, Tony

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