Gaining Access to the Cylinder Retaining Screw

A cylinder lock system is used by a locksmith to detach a cylinder without difficulty. The cylinder can involve different types of security system, such as the disc tumbler lock, the wafer tumbler lock and the pin tumbler lock.

Sometimes, accidents happen and the cylinder lock does not work anymore. It can also be possible that you wanted to replace the lock, but there had been a previous problem with the retaining screw which causes difficulty in removing it. In order to gain access to the retaining screw, you do not want to create a bigger damage on your door by tapping it with a hammer or using a drill that bears unnecessary holes to the door.

Access to the Door’s Cylinder Screw

To gain access to the cylinder retaining screw, use a big pair of mole grips or adjustable spanners. Bring them to the barrel and squeeze it tight then jerk it sideways. The barrel in the hub will break.

Take off each of the parts leaving just the screw for you to remove with your fingers. The screw is normally threaded towards the barrel. Once this is out, the screw can easily be removed as well. If you want to change the cylinder lock without altering the bolt-work hardware, loosen up the set of screws and remove the cylinder.

Then the cylinder can be changed as there is a variety of cylinder locks available from different manufacturers. You can opt for a master-keyed system or a keyed-alike system.

Access to the Car’s Cylinder Screw

Cars also utilize this type of lock in its ignition key. Planning to change the ignition lock cylinder of the car requires a functional ignition key. Due to wear and tear over time, certain parts of the ignition cylinder key will be damaged and will prevent you from easily turning your car “ON”. Therefore, it needs to be fixed without damaging the steering wheel, and accidentally deploying the airbag.

To change the car’s cylinder lock, remove the battery terminal (negative). Wait for at least 15 minutes. This prevents the accidental deployment of the airbag as there is a certain lag time in the deactivation of the airbag’s electronic system. Take out the horn pad by unscrewing it from the steering wheel. Next, take out the steering wheel with a puller for steering wheel. Ensure that the wheel is still straight when replacing it back later. Next, take out the lock plate which is behind the wheel. Remove the turn-signal cam which is at the back of the lock plate. At this point, you will have access to the retaining screw.

Putting it Back Together

Take the screw and the lock cylinder off from the column of the steering wheel. Place the new cylinder lock. Install the screw. Install the turn signal cam with the retaining screws. Put the lock plate in its place and install the retaining clip to remove lock plate tool that was used to compress the lock plate. Re-install the horn pad electronics and bolt it to steering wheel. Return the battery to its position and re-connect the cables. Finally, turn on the ignition key from the passenger’s seat to prevent from being hit by the airbag if it is deployed by chance.