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On my 96 escort the driver side door lock cylinder is missing the shield. So it is always exposed. When winter times comes water will get in there and freeze. To fix this do I need a new lock cylinder?

 

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Wouldnt a new lock cylinder involve a different key to lock/unlock it? I wonder if you could get another lock cylinder (used) and pry the outer end apart, to put the pieces back onto Your lock cylinder.
 

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Mine did the same exact thing. Also, the lock for my trunk is completely seized. I think it might be cheaper just replacing locks on both doors and the trunk.
 

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A great thing about this forum is learning the problems other folks have, so I can do maintenance on my Escorts. Thanks to this posting, Im going to take out all the latch mechanisms and lube them. Probably will replace those little plastic clips that hold the rods onto the mechanisms too.

A couple of times a year I put a drop on oil on the key and put it into the lock for ten minutes, then repeat. I do it for all the locks; doors, trunk, ignition. I dont bother with the glove box. I oil my door/hatch hinges and latch mechanisms at the same time. Hood release latch too.

I even oil the rusty parts of the undercarriage, squirting oil up into the holes. It should retard further rust. I hope to keep my Escorts running for ten years or more.
 
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