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James. I served in maintenance since 1963 in various places and took a locksmiths course to help in that working environment.  I retired 20 years ago and belonged to the Missouri Locksmithing Assoc. for a time.  I have rekeyed Kiwkset all along, (as well as other brands),  but have not done one since I retired and my mind does not work like it use too. I have the keys, etc. but can not get the cylinder out of the knob.  I have the main stem shaft out lying on the bench, but the cylinder will not come out of the knob, so I know I have forgotten something and need some help.  What have I forgot???? PS - I still have all my  pins, etc, from all those years ago, and my pins are over 30 years old.  And unfortunately I am also 30 years older....
I will certainly appreciate your help...  Dale Volskay -


Sorry for the delay in getting to you.

Your issue depends on the type of Kwikset.

The Grade 3 Kwikset locks are fairly simple to disassemble but the Grade 2 can be slightly more complicated.

Here is a link to a video I made to show the Grade 3:

On the Grade 2 knob locks (levers are different), first remove the spindle then insert a working key and turn the cylinder until the key is upside-down then pull.  The cylinder should come out.  Rekey, reinsert, reinstall spindle.

Good luck,



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