How to Replace a Van Door Lock

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 35-70
What You'll Need
New lock
Screwdrivers
Pliers
What You'll Need
New lock
Screwdrivers
Pliers

If you have to replace a van door lock, the chances are that it will be on the driver’s door. This particular panel receives at least twice as much wear as the other doors and continual use can possibly cause the lock to break. Although you can pay someone to replace the lock, it's just as easy to do it yourself. It’s a straightforward job and you’ll also be saving money.

Step 1 - Access the Lock

Open the door which needs a replacement lock. Start by unscrewing and removing the armrest and the speaker covers. From there, you’ll be able to take out the interior door panel by removing the screws that hold it in place. Be careful, however, not to break the plastic clips that hold the interior door panel in place.

Now, use your screwdriver to remove the screws keeping the door handle in place. Once it’s loose, use your pliers to remove the plastic retaining clip. With this done, twist the handle slightly and this will allow it to swing free.

Step 2 - Remove the Lock

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At this point, you’ll be able to access the van door lock. To remove the old lock, you’ll need to disconnect the rod on the lock mechanism from the core, which is positioned inside the door. Two bolts usually hold the door handle assembly in place. Remove these, ensuring you take time to mark the position of the rod before removing the door handle assembly completely.

Step 3 - Install New Lock

Once the old lock has been taken out, you can install the new van door lock. To do this, take out the old lock core by moving the clip from the snap ring. This will release the lock core so you can take it out.

Put the new lock core in its place and move the clip back to the snap ring. This will keep the lock core firmly in place. Once you’ve checked it’s in the correct position and tightly fitted, you’ll have to refit the door handle assembly. Do this by reconnecting the rod, paying close attention to where you marked the original position.

To finish the door handle assembly section of your van door lock replacement, put the two bolts back in place then connect the rod back to the lock core, making sure it is tightly fitted. Slide the interior door handle back into place and replace the plastic clip to keep it securely in place.

Finally, put the door handle back in place using a screwdriver, position the interior door panel back into place and return the speaker cover and armrest to their proper places. To test the van door lock, close the door and lock it and then unlock it again. The key should move easily and smoothly in the lock and the door should lock and unlock without sticking.