How do I replace the lock on the driver's door?

Asked by Jan 03, 2007 at 11:15 AM about the 1990 Toyota Corolla

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The key works fine in the ignition, the passenger door, and the trunk....but not in the driver's door.  What are my options and what makes the most sense  economically?

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If you are handy wheatman the most economical course of action is to switch the driver's side lock core with the passenger side lock core. Chances are that the passenger side lock is rarely if ever used. If you don't feel that handy getting the job done at a dealer will probably run you about $200. They will special order you a lock cylinder which will require a different key code than your ignition key but they will code keys that will work in both locks so that you only need one key ... Good luck!

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It could also be as simple as the rod that is connected to the lock has come off, there is a small clip holding it on. You have to remove the door panel and probably peel back the plastic water seal to get to the hole near the lock. It is probably a tight fit but you should be able to look in and see the rod or squeeze your hand or fingers in to feel for it. Be sure to put the plastic back in place or tape back over the hole or you will get water leakage.

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