No matter how careful you are in inserting and turning the key in your door lock cylinder, age and constant use will eventually take their toll on this door component, causing the alignment between the cylinder and the door latch mechanism to deteriorate. When this happens and the damage goes beyond repair, you will need to get a replacement. To avoid making a wrong purchase, here are the factors you should consider when choosing a lock cylinder for your car door:
Most door lock cylinders are direct fit, which means they bolt onto your ride’s doors directly, without a need for welding or modifications. But just because a door lock cylinder is advertised as a direct-fit part doesn’t mean that it will install onto your ride exactly like the factory or stock part. In fact, there are many direct-fit cylinders out there that are difficult to install because they have poor construction, incorrect bends and/or spacing, factory defects, and other issues. So how will you find the right lock cylinder for your car doors? Check the part number of your stock cylinder and get a unit that replaces that particular part number. That way, you can be sure that the replacement part will fit exactly like the stock component.
When it comes to the color or finish of car door lock cylinders, they usually come in chrome and black finishes. Chrome lock cylinders are perfect for vehicles adorned with chrome trims or outfitted with components that also have chrome finish such chrome door handles, grille inserts, and mirror housing. A black door lock cylinder, on the other hand, will look great on vehicles with black or dark finish. It will also go well with your ride’s black trims and accents.
The good thing about door lock cylinders is that they are available in different quantities—one piece, set of 2, 3, or 4, and as a kit containing certain number of cylinders plus installation hardware—you can get just the number of replacement unit(s) you need.
Other things to consider
You may also consider the product’s warranty as it is an assurance of how confident the manufacturer or merchant is with the quality of its product. It’s also wise to get a door lock cylinder that’s reasonably priced.