Chevy Aveo Driver Door Lock Repair
This post has nothing to do with camping and nothing to do with minivans.
If you’re the unfortunate owner of a Chevy Aveo, however, you’ll find this information to be very useful when your driver’s side door lock eventually falls inside the door and you no longer have any way to unlock it using a key.
As an Aveo owner I’ve come to learn that virtually all Aveos suffer the same problems— and this is one of them.
I watched YouTube videos and read procedures and none of them contained ALL of the information that you’d need to remove the panel and reinstall the lock cylinder— and videos were generally too dark to be useful.
Also, some people refer to a “clip” that holds the lock cylinder in place while others refer to a screw.
This post will clear all of that up.
Begin by using the procedure outlined in this post:
When it’s time to remove the window crank you’ll probably find yourself scratching your head, however.
I created an “exploded view,” of sorts, in the bottom picture, shown above.
The clip (center) attaches to the back of the handle and grabs the crank mechanism so that the handle won’t fall off.
You can buy a special tool to remove that clip— or you can bend a paper clip into the shape of a tiny crochet hook (right) and use it to reach behind the handle and snatch out the clip.
Do it with your door closed so that you can find it after it pops out.
I wasn’t strong enough to hold the paper clip so I had to grab it with a pair of needle nose pliers.
Once the door panel has been removed peel the plastic sheeting away from the left side of the door.
You’ll see a hole shaped like the upper picture, shown above.
When you look through the hole, however, you WON’T see the lock cylinder (indicated by the yellow arrow) or the bolt that holds it in place (indicated by the green arrow).
Instead, you’ll see daylight.
Find the lock cylinder. It’ll be nearby, hanging from a metal rod.
Next, search around the bottom of the door until you find the bolt.
It’ll be there, so keep looking until you find it.
Place the lock cylinder back in position and reinstall the bolt. If you use Lock-Tite on the threads of the bolt you won’t have to worry about it happening again.
Reinstall the door panel and you’ll be good to go.
If you’re an Aveo owner you have my condolences.
Thankfully we also have two Chrysler minivans and a Solara. We’d get rid of the Aveo but I’d feel guilty selling it to someone.
Even a stranger.
While you’re here why not have a look around? You can start with the Table of Contents.