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I own a 80 280zx and when I lock my driver side door it become completely locked and will not unlock with the key. I need help because I can not lock my doors because of it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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> I own a 80 280zx and when I lock my driver
> side door it become completely locked and
> will not unlock with the key. I need help
> because I can not lock my doors because of
> it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> thanks,
> scott

Before you do anything massive, squirt some graphite in the lock and then work the key back and forth. You probably have 19 years of accumulated dirt and crud in there. If that doesn't work, contact me directly via e-mail regarding Dri-Slide moly lubricant.
 

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> I own a 80 280zx and when I lock my driver
> side door it become completely locked and
> will not unlock with the key. I need help
> because I can not lock my doors because of
> it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> thanks,
> scott

It's hard to say exactly, but the locking mechanism is fairly straightforward. Pull the inside panel off the door and spend a few minutes spraying WD-40 on every joint and look for anything obviously wrong, like a rod that's hanging loose and not connected to anything.

When you try to unlock it with the key, does they key turn freely but not do anything? Or, is it jammed so hard that you can't even turn it?
 

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> I own a 80 280zx and when I lock my driver
> side door it become completely locked and
> will not unlock with the key. I need help
> because I can not lock my doors because of
> it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
> thanks,

Scott,

You're going to have to take out the inside door panel and have a look.
It's easy to do and you should have your answer in no time. The solution
could be as easy as lubing it, a little light bending, or you may even
have to replace the lock. On my 78 the lock had been so tight for so long
that it actually ground off some metal on the locking mechanism.
Good Luck

Chris
 

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> Scott,

> You're going to have to take out the inside
> door panel and have a look.
> It's easy to do and you should have your
> answer in no time. The solution
> could be as easy as lubing it, a little
> light bending, or you may even
> have to replace the lock. On my 78 the lock
> had been so tight for so long
> that it actually ground off some metal on
> the locking mechanism.
> Good Luck

> Chris

Chris, my locks on my '78 won't unlock with the key, so I'm trying to get the panels off. How do you remove the clip behind the window crank to get it off???

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small needle nose pliers worked on my 76 n/c

> Chris, my locks on my '78 won't unlock with
> the key, so I'm trying to get the panels
> off. How do you remove the clip behind the
> window crank to get it off???

> Thanks,

> Tim
 

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> Chris, my locks on my '78 won't unlock with
> the key, so I'm trying to get the panels
> off. How do you remove the clip behind the
> window crank to get it off???

> Thanks,

> Tim

I usually push the panel in a little until I can look behind the crank. It
is held on by a wire horse-shoe shaped clip that can be easily pushed out
with a small screwdriver. The trick is figuring out which side of the
clip is open (vs the other side which is solid if you picture a horseshoe)
and then push on it with a screwdriver. It is really easy once you see it
done once. You can't really hurt anything so give it a try.

Chris
 
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