Lock Cylinder Replacement-Part 2: Car Trunks

Trunk and tailgate locks are subject to wear, damage and malfunction. Replacing them is similar to replacing a door lock. Yet they’re built differently.

Standard Trunk Locks

Trunk locks generally have a dual catch called a trip-lock (also found on most car doors and hoods), an emergency release in case a child or a movie hostage gets locked in the trunk, and a mechanical or electrical cable running to a trunk release switch in the front of the vehicle. And then there’s the lock cylinder itself, usually sold separately, in case you want to go old-school and use a key.

Secure, Durable Replacements and Tumblers

If you need to replace your trunk lock, security and durability should be primary considerations. Buy a replacement that’s good-quality and compatible with your vehicle’s mounting points and connections. Look at the number of tumblers the lock has. The more tumblers, the harder it is to pick.

Speaking of tumblers, an aftermarket lock won’t be keyed the same as your doors unless you’re able to order one that matches, so unless you’re able to re-key locks yourself, you’ll need a locksmith to do it for you. And that presumes your locks are compatible. Checking with a car dealer before you order a new lock can save a lot of headaches later. Chances are they can order you a direct replacement that’s keyed to your doors or at least one that can be reset by a locksmith.

Professional New Cylinder Installation

You can save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by having new cylinders installed by a professional locksmith. At Alexius Security Lock & Key, Denver’s Hometown Locksmiths, help is just a call away. We have the knowledge and equipment to solve your lock cylinder problems. Reach us at 303-974-0215 or use our online contact form for prompt, professional attention to all your security needs.

Our mobile locksmith service answers every call 24/7 and responds promptly, arriving with the tools and know-how to get you going. We work on everything from cars and motorcycles to RVs, boats, aircraft and construction equipment, including those with sophisticated locking and theft-prevention systems, and all of our services come with an upfront, honest price quote before the work is done.

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