In case you have wondered if its possible to rekey or change your car’s door cylinder, well, it is.
Very much like changing a home or office door cylinder, the rekey process can be done for car keys and cylinders as well resulting a new key to lock and unlock the car doors. Rekeying involves changing the internal pins and springs of the lock cylinder to match a new key, usually with a specific and unique pins and tumblers for each car make.
For example, Toyota pins (like we see in the pictures here) are different from those of GM or Ford. The process of rekeying a door cylinder is pretty rare and commonly performed by professional locksmiths who have the necessary expertise and specialized tools to disassemble the lock, replace the pins, and reassemble it with the new key pins/tumblers.
The reason it’s pretty rare is because, as mentioned above, there are many different car makes out there and each one has a different set of rekey kit. Therefore, most locksmiths don’t carry all these rekey kits and prefer just to replace the ignition cylinder.
However, rekeying a car door cylinder can be beneficial in various situations. For example, if you lose your car keys or if they are stolen, rekeying the cylinder ensures that the old keys will no longer work. It is also useful if you purchase a used car and want to ensure that previous owners no longer have access to your vehicle.
Before you make your decision about rekeying your car door cylinder, we highly recommend calling around to make sure it can be done, and, of course, ask about the estimated costs.
Red Key LLC is proud to be a top automotive locksmith services provider in Buffalo NY metro area and can help you rekey most makes and models doors and ignition cylinders.