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Parts Needed to Change Out Lock Cores on Thule Force XT XL Rooftop Cargo Box

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The keys to my Thule Force XL Roof Box broke off inside the lock with very little force. While trying to remove the key, the lock cylinder came out. None of it appears to be damaged, and I have the new keys to replace the broken ones. Is it possible to replace the lock cylinders on this model of Thule box? I cant get a straight answer from Thule. I dont have a change key, and I dont see how to get the cylinder to fit in the hole correctly again. Please help? Thanks

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You can absolutely change out the lock cores on the now-discontinued Thule Force XL 625 or the Thule Force XT XL Rooftop Cargo Box # TH6358B. You will need new lock cores and the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH450200 will do the trick. It comes with new lock cores, new keys and a Universal change key which you'll use to remove your old cores and replace them with the new ones.

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Kyle S

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Thanks Kyle. So, how will I replace the one cylinder that fell out while I was trying to remove the broken key? Is it that I somehow made the lock think I was using a change key? ALSO - one cylinder is still blocked with a broken key, so I cant use the change key there. How should I proceed there? I didnt have any luck getting the first key out until the cylinder came out in my hand... LASTLY - is there a way to reuse the cylinder that came out? I just dont see how to get it back in... maybe with the change key it will go back in?? THANK YOU for your help.

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Happy to try and help.

If the cylinder is already out you can simply replace it with one of the new ones, assuming there is nothing problematic with the housing. In regards to the one cylinder with the broken key, the best option is to try and somehow get that key out, maybe with a paperclip and some lubricant. Wiggle the paper clip back and forth along the ridged side of the key. Or you can maybe use some needle nose pliers and try to force it out. Otherwise, you would have to get a locksmith to drill out the lock cylinder to avoid damaging the housing. In regards to the cylinder that came out, you will not re-use it, that one will be replaced with one of the new cylinders from the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders # TH450200.

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