Door closer manufacturers will replace leaking door closers that are within their warranty period. Warranties vary by manufacturer and model. If you do commercial lock work, contact your customers to determine if any of their door closers are leaking. Offer a service to check as sometimes the cover must be removed to determine if there is leaking. If you are an institutional locksmith, setup a schedule using the date of manufacture as a reference to check for leaking door closers.
An out of warranty door closer will almost always not be replaced by the manufacturer for no charge.
Car-Opening Techniques: Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2004- up Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, two- and four-door models. The door locking mechanism in these vehicles are bicycle style cables. No linkage rods, which basically eliminates in the door tools. As a suggestion, it is a good idea to cover the tip of the open tool using duct tape. This way the unlocking point will be protected from damage.
The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2004- up Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon:
Use the High Tech Tools Inside Access 35 Tool to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Insert a wedge directly above the inside lock unlock button in the front passenger door. Insert the 35 tool through the opening created along the forward portion of the weather stripping. Slide the tool into the door cavity with the tip facing the front of the vehicle. Reposition the wedge to allow lowering the tool further into the door cavity. Continue to lower the car-opening tool until the shaped portion of the tool is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Rotate the tool until the shaped portion is on the interior side of the window glass. Carefully raise the tool until the tip on in the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool carefully until the tip is positioned in front of the door lock button. Pull out on the button to unlock the door locking mechanism.
Use the Pro-Lok AO-34 “MCOT-Narrow” tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge 12 inches from the front edge of the front passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Insert the AO-34 into the door eight inches from the front edge of the window with the tip facing forward. Lower the tool into the door cavity until the arch is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Rotate the tool until the arch is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Carefully lift the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Rotate the tool 95 degrees counterclockwise and manipulate the tip of the tool onto the manual lock-unlock button. Carefully rotate the button outward, unlocking the locking mechanism. Follow the manufacturers instructions for removing the car-opening tool.
Use the Slide Lock Frameless Window Tool™ to unlock the passenger’s door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting an inflatable wedge along the upper rear corner of the door frame to relieve gasket pressure. Slide the Frameless Window Tool into the passenger compartment above the wedge. Slide the tool in carefully to avoid the coupler damaging the car’s finish. Manipulate the tool over the inside lock-unlock rocker. Pull back on the rocker to unlock the door locking mechanism.
Use the Steck Manufacturing BigEasy “Glo” and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge or inflatable wedge into the top corner of the door. Once the door has been wedged out, insert the BigEasy tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool to position the 90 degree bend tip contacts the passenger door manual lock-unlock button. Seat the tip of the tool along the edge of the button and pull gently to unlock the door locking mechanism.
Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1032 car-opening tool and two wedges to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting two wedges on both sides of the inside door handle. Carefully insert the TT-1032 into the door cavity with the hooked end facing rearward. Carefully lower the tool until the bend of the tool is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Rotate the tool inboard slightly and raise the tool slowly and carefully. The moment the tool bend can be seen within the passenger compartment, stop and remove the wedges. After the wedges have been removed, raise the tool until the tip is within the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool until the tip is just in front of the inside lock control rocker. Carefully use the tip of the tool to swing the rocker outward in order to unlock the door locking mechanism. Carefully remove the tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions.