NISSAN Pictures of how I opened the door panels and re keyed the locks of my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

Got access to the locks:

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Removed interior door panels. There is a more thorough explanation of this on the door handle page in the menu on the left.
    door panel

  2. Glove box:
    1. Removed the screws inside the glove box face.

  3. Rear hatch:
    1. Removed 2 plastic screws / clips.
      Hatch Panel Clips

    2. Pried off cover.  Used a screwdriver (Mine has blue tape on it to prevent paint scratches) to pry 15 white plastic clips (Same clips as in front door panels).
      Hatch Panel

    3. Found the lock and removed the black metal clip with long long pliers (or small small hands).
      Hatch Lock   Pathfinder Lock Remove Rekey Replace

Rekeying locks:
  1. Used a small screwdriver to pry off the lock face cap.
    Careful with the cap.  Need to reuse it.
    I found and purchased replacement face caps and a cap crimping tool.   In my opinion they were poorly designed and could not seal around the lock.   I reused the old ones and was happier with that.
    Lock DisAssembly

  2. Dunked in solvent and shook shook shook.
    Lock Wash

  3. Figured out new key code by trial and error.
    Wafers   Decode Lock

  4. I ended up with 2 wafers not enough (too many of one size and not enough of another).   I got a wafer and spring kit, but it probably would have been cheaper to just go to the junkyard and scavenge a couple locks (apparently 82 - 96 subarus use same locks).

  5. I chiseled out a piece of wood to hold the lock at an angle so I could clamp the face cap back on without bending it to hell and gone.
    Lock Clamp 1   Lock Clamp 2

  6. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  7. Then I finished my beer.

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