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How to Re-Key Your Console

Who has a LT console but can't lock it? Well, I've re-keyed my lock to my key!
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How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby deathphoenix99 [OP] » May 12 2012, 12:22am

Alright, so if you've bought a used LT/SLE Console with the top and bottom storage, you know that the bottom is lockable. Well, unless the previous owner gave you a key, the locking portion can't be locked. Well, today is your lucky day. This is a brief tutorial on how to re-key your existing lock to your key. You could buy a new one, but at $100 a pop, I decided to pass.

First, you need to remove the existing lock, this can be done while the console is installed. Here's the two screwdrivers I used to push the little clips.

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I used the big flat head to push the first clip, since there are four clips evenly spaced on the cylinder. I used the little hole that the latch goes through to do this. Once the first clip is pushed down, push the clip that faces the driver side, once those two have been pushed, you should be able to slip something under the faceplate to help pry it forward. It might help to have something ready for when you push the clips to keep them from locking back into place. Then, I used the small screwdriver to push the passenger side clip, once that one was undone, I was able to pull it out.

NOTE: The latch does interfere a bit when pull the cylinder out, but it should be able to be angled out, just be patient and slowly pull it out.

This is the lock.
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Now, once it's been removed you can start keying the cylinder. But this is the pain, you need the lock to be in the "locked" position to disassemble it.

I started by removing the clip.
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And remove the latch.

Now you can either wiggle your key to get it to lock or push pins down the from the side with the little plastic tab.

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Once that is done, you have this.
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As you can tell, my key doesn't work with it.
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Looking at it, you can see the little keys, mine only had 3 out of 5, not sure if this is common or not, but I guess it works good enough. Now, if the pin is already aligned in the center, than there is no need to remove it, but those that aren't correct, you need to remove. It's a matter of pushing them out from the bottom, it helps to push them to the side away from their catch.

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Their catch is the side with the small tab, the big tab is what the spring pushes against. Please be cautious as the spring is very easy to lose.

Here you can see the little tab that holds it in place.
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My method to see where they went, I just did trial and error, although I'd first put the clip in the first slot, push the key in and slowly pull it out to see which part of the key is fits, then move it to the correct slot. 2 of the 3 that I had worked with my key, the third one need to be smaller, so I shaved it down a little bit (where the key slides through) and basically shaved a small bit, tested, and repeated until it worked.

I used my cheap Harbor Freight rotary tool (works great for electronics) and it had a nice little metal attachment that fit the slot and cut it perfectly.
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My final result.
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I don't have pictures of it installed, but reassemble it and slip it back into your console. Test and enjoy!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, I did this all in about 30 minutes.

I also re-keyed my GM toolboxes to my key, I might do a tutorial for those later.
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Re: Who has a LT console but can't lock it?

Postby rodcheapo » May 14 2012, 2:18pm

Really cool...definitely a great how-to.
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby GMChickLOVEStheMUD » Apr 10 2013, 2:49pm

I was not given a key for mine =(
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby deathphoenix99 [OP] » Apr 10 2013, 2:53pm

Neither was I, so I keyed it for my ignition key.
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby GMChickLOVEStheMUD » Apr 10 2013, 2:54pm

Oh I totally throught the ignition key would not fit....I will try this then
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby deathphoenix99 [OP] » Apr 10 2013, 3:24pm

If it came in the truck, then the ignition key should work. They've designed the new locks to all work with the ignition key, glove box, tail gate, GM toolboxes, spare tire (if applicable of course). It doesn't go in all the way as shown in the pics above, but it should work.
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby GMChickLOVEStheMUD » Apr 10 2013, 3:59pm

I think I tried the ignition key...but I will try again :)
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Re: How to Re-Key Your Console

Postby semicrazy » Apr 10 2013, 4:23pm

Very nice write up!!
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