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Stuck Door Lock Cylinder

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Hey guys! so i have a used 2000 beetle. i've noticed that my key doesn't turn when i insert it into the door. I've removed my lock cylinder and it clearly doesnt move either but with a screwdriver . i can activate the lock actuator . Im assuming my lock cylinder is jammed or needs lubrication?

what would i do to unjam it?
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Only thing that comes to mind other then replacement would be to attempt to clean it out and lube it.

With the lock removed, and best done with the little red pointer tube thing--soak the guts down with brake cleaner. Hold it upside-down so all the crud runs out of it. Try it with the key a few times while doing this. (try not to allow the brake clean to run down the key and into the key FOB.)

If it breaks free and starts to rotate--then let it air dry totally out. Pick up a can of "Lock Lube" (Liquid Graphite) from your local parts store. DO NOT GET THIS ON YOUR FINGERS! It's a bear to wash off skin! Hose the snot out of the cylinder with the lock lube. The liquid helps the graphite get into the nooks and crannies of the lock core---then 'dries' leaving a coating of dry graphite to keep things lubed. This is the only way I recommend lubing locks. Once dried the graphite will not attract dust and crud, unlike PB blaster or WD-40. (you can try PB or WD-40...but I would hose it out with brake clean...and then lube the cylinder with graphite...)

Let us know how you make out.

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Mine was jammed and a piece had broken in half. After working with it a while I finally got it to turn but it would just spin all the way around. Here's a link to a video, it's a Passat but its the same procedure. Hopefully lubricating it works out for you, this was a PITA to replace!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4C21OEAcgU PART 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riGTEJJRYh8 PART 2
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