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Old 10-07-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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So I got out to my 2002 WRX today and someone had tried to punch the lock out of my door. The door handles clips are broken and the actual lock you stick the key into is pushed about an inch inside the door.

Is there an easy fix for this? I didnt want to try pulling the rest of the trim piece off that makes up the door handle (didnt want to break another clip).

Thanks guys.

The door still works fine and the alarm must have scared them off, so i guess I was lucky.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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I will 100% replace the entire lock (where the key goes in) because if you decide to use the same lock then it might become defective in a future then you never know if it will be easier for another theif to finish breaking it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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glad they didnt get the car! Maybe they got hit by a bus going by at the time!?
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:29 AM   #4
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+1 on replacing the lock, if anything at all is broken that just means it will be easier to get through next time.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:35 AM   #5
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If the cylinder is ok, just replace any clips or rods that may have bent behind it.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:40 AM   #6
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Well the door still locks and unlocks fine, but what I was wondering is basically is it as easy as it looks or am I going to break something. Can I just pop off the door handle from outside. Or should I take off the door panel and unfasten stuff first. I tutorial on how to get the cylinder back in place would be GREAT.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:42 AM   #7
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Good chance it just broke on it's own, mine did. Search, you're not the only one to have this happen.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:38 PM   #8
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mine broke on its own, and I thought the same thing that you just did. Its just a bolt that comes loose, buy a new one, take door card off, replace, and all is good again.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:45 PM   #9
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Yea, take the door card off. you gotta snake your arm up the door sort of, so make sure you have the window open, and then the actually handle is only held in by two bolts. One of those bolts holds the locking cylinder in place.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:12 PM   #10
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This is a known problem with WRXs, the lock falling into the door. Mine did it on it's own as well a few years ago. The trim on the door handle was loose after this happened but was easily fixed when the door was apart.


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Old 10-07-2008, 05:20 PM   #11
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If you buy one door lock cylinder you will have 2 different keys. 1 to start the car, open the trunk etc and one to open your drivers door. Subaru will have a master lock set and you will have to replace all lock cylinders on the vehicle- ignition, doors, trunk. Good luck man, I would just try and salvage the original. If it still works I would imagine it is repairable.
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:40 PM   #12
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Nope you buy a new cylinder, take your old cylinder down to dealership any they will key it for you.
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