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97 Boxster door lock removal - Help

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I was wondering if anyone could explain how to get the door lock out of the drivers side door. I have the door panel off but now I need to get the lock out because my key is stuck in it.



To be able to reach the door handle assembly and the door lock, you first have to remove the cover plate that is held in place by the three (10mm) bolts on the inner skin of the door, as indicated by the three red circles in the photo below:


Then pull out the plastic clip (yellow arrow) that is holding the lock cable.

Now stick your hand inside that area behind where the cover plate was located before you removed it and disconnect the electrical connector.

Now, right next to the lock cylinder, and slightly lower than the lock cylinder, you will see a small rod that looks like it goes into the door lock mechanism. Pull on it to release it from the lock mechanism.

Then, on the same horizontal level as the lock cylinder, and further towards the front of the car (if the door were closed), unscrew the two fasteners that are next to each other, about 4" apart.

Lastly, you will see two locking tabs along the bottom edge of the assembly housing. Push up on those tabs while you tilt the door handle out of the bracket that holds the lock cylinder and away from the door.

Once you have the door handle removed, you can disconnect the lock cylinder arm from the door lock mechanism if you need to go that far. There is a retaining clip that holds the lock cylinder onto its bracket.

You can put it back together by reversing these steps, but, if you have never done it before, I would recommend that you take a few sharp photographs before you take it apart.

Regards, Maurice.

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