All four of these vehicles share the same platform, door construction, steering column, and the same lock system. Three were introduced in the 2007 model year, with the Chevrolet Traverse introduced for the 2009 model year. All four use the GM Z-Keyway system and the “Circle Plus” transponder...
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Use care when inserting this tool – always make sure that the hooked end of the tool is as deep in the door as possible before you rotate the shaft of the tool. If you rotate the shaft too soon, it will put too much pressure on the glass and may break the window. In photo 4, I’m inserting the tool about three inches forward of the inside lock button.
Once the hooked end of the tool is as deep as it will go inside the door, I carefully rotate the shaft of the tool so that I can insert the rest of the tool into the door. Before I began this job, I placed a mark on the shaft of the tool 9 ½ inches from the hook that I inserted into the door, and now I lower the tool until that mark is even with the top of the weather stripping. The reason for this is that there is a bundle of wires inside the door, just below the point where I need to attack the linkage. As long as I do not insert the tool more than 9 ½ inches into the door, I will avoid those wires.
Inside the door, you can see how the hooked end of the tool has gripped the vertical linkage rod just above the bundle of wires. In order to locate the linkage rod, I probed inboard of the window track with the tool while watching the inside lock button for movement. After hooking onto the rod, I pull the tool toward the front of the vehicle and then pull up on the tool to lift the linkage and unlock the door.
From the outside, you can see how I’m pulling the tool forward and up at the same time to lift the linkage. As you remove the tool, keep the hooked end of the tool as deep inside the door as possible before rotating the shaft. If you hook the end of the tool over the base of the window glass before you rotate the tool, you can easily break the glass. I could have used a long-reach tool such as the “Jiffy-Jak Vehicle Entry System” to unlock this vehicle, but in my opinion, using the TT-1017 is much easier and faster.
Door Lock Removal
Only the driver’s side door is equipped with a lock. This lock (seen in Photo 8) looks similar to modern VW, Toyota, Hyundai, and the new GM Freewheeling locks. Since all of these locks can be removed easily by simply loosening a screw on the edge of the door, you might assume that this lock could be removed the same way, but looks can be deceiving.
A rubber plug on the edge of the door, once removed, reveals a Torx® screw that appears to hold the lock cylinder in place. Normally this type of screw is captive and is not intended to be completely removed. Ordinarily, loosening the screw will release a clamping mechanism that will in turn release the door lock. In the case of the Outlook and its sister vehicles, the screw must actually be removed. Once the screw has been removed, it will release the armored cover that fits over the door lock.
The cover is intended to protect the lock from brute-force attacks. Removing the cover will make the removal of the lock easier. By looking into the door around the edge of the lock, you can actually see some of the spring clip that holds the lock in place. With this access to the spring clip you will be able to remove and replace the clip easier than if you had left the cover in place.
Next we’ll need to remove the door panel to gain access to the lock and the clip that holds it in place. The panel is secured with three Torx® bolts and a series of upholstery clips around the outer edge of the door panel. One of the bolts is located behind the trim of the inside door handle and the other two are located behind the trim around the grab-handle in the arm rest.
You will also have to remove the triangular trim piece at the forward edge of the door behind the outside mirror. On some vehicles there will be a small speaker mounted into this trim, but on this base-level rental vehicle there is no speaker.
The trim piece is secured by two upholstery clips. Just pull gently along the edges of the trim and it should pop free of the door. On models equipped with the speakers, you will also have to disconnect the speaker wire after the trim is free.
The plastic trim on both the door handle and on the grab-handle snaps into place. To remove them, I use an offset scribe or Shrum tool, but a small screwdriver can be used as well. On both pieces of trim, you will need to pull a small notch to remove the trim. I insert the Shrum tool into the notch and work it behind the trim, then pull out on the tool. This reduces the possibility of scratching the trim where it can be seen.
The transponder programming for the Grand Prix is a little odd, so you need to pay particular attention to the section in this article on programming.
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