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Has anyone figured out how to extract the key cylinders from the exterior BL style door openers? Once all the circlips and levers are removed from the backside, the cylinder can be pushed about 80% out of the front of the housing, but seems to need some form of trick to release and pop out. I can't see or feel any retainers or release pins and resist the idea of using a bigger hammer..

Who is a good source for new cylinders and keys?

Thx. Jan

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On the SE (and most other cars) you need to turn the key to a specific position to align all the parts of the lock so it can slide out. 

If you don't have the keys (like I did) or the lock is malfunctioning, some persuasion with a sturdy screwdriver should do the trick.

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Did you ever find a source for new cylinders and keys?

I have to replace my cylinders as they are not functioning + I have a variety of different keys.

I asume that doors and boot lock share same key?



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