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Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:34 pm 
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I would like to know if it is difficult to replace the door lock cyclinder on the drivers side door of a 1998 EL Fairmont Ghia.

Would any special tools be required?


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Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:22 pm 
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yeh, someone jammed a screwdriver in my EL xr6 so I wouldn't mind knowing either, is it pretty easy like the ea's or what..

 

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Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:39 pm 
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Same sort of deal id say, remove the door panel, wind the window back up, and theres one little clip. Pull that off, and the lock slides out with a bit of a twist. Nothing too hard! Instructions for removing the interior trim panel are in the technical documents section of the site.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:18 am 
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Same sort of deal id say, remove the door panel, wind the window back up, and theres one little clip. Pull that off, and the lock slides out with a bit of a twist. Nothing too hard! Instructions for removing the interior trim panel are in the technical documents section of the site.


I can't find the technical document you are referring to. Removing the door trim appears as though it will be very difficult.
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Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2005 12:29 am 
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Not that hard.
Annoying yes.
Hard, no.
Undo all the screws around the outside of the trim.
(I'm assuming ED to EL are basically the same ?)
Take out the plastic plugs hiding the torx screws holding in the door handle.
Rotate the handle, and pull out. (hard to explain, the rod it's attached to has a 180 degree square bend in it)
Get your central locking button out (annoying)
There are several ways to do this, and I'm sure mine is the wrong way.
Wind down the window, put a rag on the button, and attach vice grips :D
Pull up...
Undo the screws holding on your Mirror adjustment panel things (I know, my wordage skills are effen awesome), if there electric (like mine) undo the plugs and put 'em aside for later.
Then just yank the door trim up to remove it.
Takes a fair bit of force.
Rinse and repeat :P
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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:13 pm 
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f**k lad, vice grips?? sheez!!

Yeah, pretty much right.
Pull all the screws out from around the side of the trim, dont forget the one on the arm rest.
Pop the little cover out from the middle of the door handle. undo that bolt and pull the handle out. Just play with it till it makes sense!! :P
Take off the lock button thing, good chance you will break the arm under neath it. that will make sense once you break it too.
Unclip the plug from the back of the power window adjuster, will take a bit of wriggling if it hasnt come out before.
Take off the window winder with the window where you want it.
lift the whole trim upwards and it should come out.

 

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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:39 pm 
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Steady ED wrote:
Not that hard.
Annoying yes.
Hard, no.
Undo all the screws around the outside of the trim.
(I'm assuming ED to EL are basically the same ?)
Take out the plastic plugs hiding the torx screws holding in the door handle.
Rotate the handle, and pull out. (hard to explain, the rod it's attached to has a 180 degree square bend in it)
Get your central locking button out (annoying)
There are several ways to do this, and I'm sure mine is the wrong way.
Wind down the window, put a rag on the button, and attach vice grips :D
Pull up...
Undo the screws holding on your Mirror adjustment panel things (I know, my wordage skills are effen awesome), if there electric (like mine) undo the plugs and put 'em aside for later.
Then just yank the door trim up to remove it.
Takes a fair bit of force.
Rinse and repeat :P
Somebody stop me if I forgot something...


The door lock buttons DON"T have to be removed on EF?EL models unlike earlier ones MR FORD saw the error of his ways and made the door trim slip over the buttons :roll: :lol: :lol:

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:48 pm 
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i know of the EF (assuming EL) that you DO have to take the dor lock button off. It sits in a cradle with a hole in the bottom for the rod to go through. the button cant come through the cradle.

But you can just twist the button off, its on a thread. just takes a bit of manuvering.

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2005 6:19 pm 
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I successfully replaced my lock cyclinder!

I don't think I have ever sworn so much in my life!

What a horrible task to do!

I only broke one thing! Once the trim etc. was re-attached the lock button did not sit far enough down when the car was locked so I thought I would put a cloth over it and smack it down with a hammer. I didn't have much success, instead I just snapped the lock button and the plastic square it sits in.

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Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 12:59 am 
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
I successfully replaced my lock cyclinder!

I don't think I have ever sworn so much in my life!

What a horrible task to do!

I only broke one thing! Once the trim etc. was re-attached the lock button did not sit far enough down when the car was locked so I thought I would put a cloth over it and smack it down with a hammer. I didn't have much success, instead I just snapped the lock button and the plastic square it sits in.

C'Est La Vie...


Good to hear.

Hammer + plastic trims ~= goodness :lol:

those little square things are cheap from ford, $5 or something. a mate broke one of mine.

As for it not sitting down far enough, the button is on a thread, so you have to juggle the door trim, and screw the button on far enough for it to sit nicely.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 1:20 pm 
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the lock button has a piece in side it that slides down, the bit that holds it to the lock rod... u need to lever it down, and than put the button on...
good method is to open the window
close and lock the door
and than it basically just slides into place with a small tap with your hand..
door trims are easy once uve donea few
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Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:06 pm 
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Good to hear.

Hammer + plastic trims ~= goodness :lol:

those little square things are cheap from ford, $5 or something. a mate broke one of mine.

As for it not sitting down far enough, the button is on a thread, so you have to juggle the door trim, and screw the button on far enough for it to sit nicely.


G'day all,
Does anyone have the part numbers for the little square bit and the part that pushes into it through the trim (Not the actural lock button that pushes on to the rod but the grey and black bits that cradles the button).

Thanks
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EL-FAIRMONT-GHIA wrote:
Once the trim etc. was re-attached the lock button did not sit far enough down when the car was locked

I've done the same thing. Couldn't be bothered looking at it so i just pulled the rods out so the buttons don't work :lol: !! After 3 weeks of not having my doors together and limited time to get it done, i didn't really care! My alarm lets me know if it's unlocked anyway....

 

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Good to hear.

Hammer + plastic trims ~= goodness :lol:

those little square things are cheap from ford, $5 or something. a mate broke one of mine.

As for it not sitting down far enough, the button is on a thread, so you have to juggle the door trim, and screw the button on far enough for it to sit nicely.


G'day all,
Does anyone have the part numbers for the little square bit and the part that pushes into it through the trim (Not the actural lock button that pushes on to the rod but the grey and black bits that cradles the button).

Thanks
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just go in there and ask for it.

as i said, someone broke mine. just tell em which bit you want... easy.

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Hammer + plastic trims ~= goodness

jeez i was being a nerd that day!! :lol:

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:19 pm 
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G'day all,
Does anyone have the part numbers for the little square bit and the part that pushes into it through the trim (Not the actural lock button that pushes on to the rod but the grey and black bits that cradles the button).

Thanks
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just go in there and ask for it.

as i said, someone broke mine. just tell em which bit you want... easy.

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Hammer + plastic trims ~= goodness

jeez i was being a nerd that day!! :lol:


Yea ended up doing that.
For those interested I got the part and have put the number in the part number database.

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