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#2070750 - 11/26/07 06:40 PM 97 civic door keyhole replacement
RzA Offline
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how do you remove the keyhole mechenism from the door handle?? i cannot even remove the door handle as i cannot figure it out...any tips? also trying to find out how to remove the door handle to lock rod...all i see is the screw end but how do u unscrew it??

thanks in advance

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#2072613 - 11/27/07 10:45 AM Re: 97 civic door keyhole replacement [Re: RzA]
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There's two 10mm bolts that hold the handle in the door...
Remove the back one (it goes through the plastic cylinder protector also)...
Pop the lock rod off the tumbler assy...
Using a screwdriver, slide the u-clip (tumbler retainer) down...
The lock cylinder should now slide out...
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#2102408 - 12/05/07 05:14 PM Re: 97 civic door keyhole replacement [Re: Import Tuner]
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What Donny (Import Tuner) said is correct. You do not need to remove the door handle to replace the lock mechanism.

If you need to remove the door handle as well, that rod will not screw off easily. Instead, look where the round threaded piece snaps into the door handle. There is a plastic insert that holds it into place. You can use a small screwdriver or plier to spread the plastic fingers (on the backside) that allow the round threaded part to come free. Now you can remove the handle itself.

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#2131379 - 12/14/07 03:46 PM Re: 97 civic door keyhole replacement [Re: Slurp56]
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ok so lets recap,when i origanly saw this post and i thought how hard can it be to take a door handle off right,lol.so my son is trying to take a door handle off a spare door at his grandfathers garage and after an hour he gives up,so im thinking ill buzz over and whip this thing off during my lunch,right,so im in a hurry to begin with and being of mechanical smarts i can see what needs to happen but just cant make it happen.so before destroying a perfectly good 99 si door in a fit of rage,i manage to get to get the handle off,not in proper manner but still off without destroying the door.once off i can clearly see the "spring clip"that resides behind the metal bracket which actually has a half round hole in it so you can get a pick or a small screw driver in there.all that being said once you actually figure out how this works you should be able to remove the handle asm. in about 15 minutes.so remember boys and girls the spring clip behind the metal bracket that you cant see
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#2132803 - 12/15/07 02:20 AM Re: 97 civic door keyhole replacement [Re: Si's_RUS]
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 Originally Posted By: Si's_RUS
so remember boys and girls the spring clip behind the metal bracket that you cant see

The '96 & '97 Civic use a plastic protector that has a fairy large notch that exposes the u-clip...
It's fairly easy to see...
'98 or '99 they went to a metal protector and the notch is considerably smaller...
Since the OP was working with a '97, I figured I didn't need to elaborate on the '99/'00 Si...

The reason that the protector was incorporated was, to stop people (read:thieves) from being able to access the lock rod by going through the rear of the door handle with a large screwdriver...
The early concept used plastic, but people (again thieves) figured out that you could just bust the plastic protector and access the lock rod...
So, the Honda engineers decided that metal was a far better deterent...
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