Categories: Sliding Doors

Replacing a broken sliding door lock

Written: November 14, 2017
Last Modified: January 29, 2021 @ 9:23 am

Removing the sliding door lock


If you want to attempt the removal of your sliding door lock in the absence of a professional here are some steps that can help with the removal of your lock.

The sliding door handles are smaller than the traditional ones. The dimensions may vary depending on the model, as well as the mounting system.

To remove the lock of a sliding door, the process is generally not very different from that of a classical door. What is important is to pay attention when you decide to carry out disassembly work yourself.

In fact, keep in mind the way the various pieces and screws are assembled. Along the steps of this guide, we will give you some useful information so you can begin.

You will see how to unlock the sliding door lock in a few simple steps.


Tools that will be needed to carry out for this procedure

  • Screwdriver
  • Assembly diagram

Looking at the lock type


If you are going to disassemble the lock to change a single unworkable piece, we need to look up the brand and model. In this way, you can contact the trusted supplier who, through the product code, can provide you with the missing piece.

Only in this way are you sure you will not be overcome with unexpected surprises and have a replacement element that doesn’t work correctly.

If you know from the beginning that you will have to change the entire lock because its too badly damaged or you just want to switch to a more modern and tougher version, you need to know the model of the door and go to your vendor or locksmith with the relevant data.

It will help to find what you are looking for. You might need, for example, a sliding door handle with no knob or no locking lever, or a sliding door lock which allows for double locking.


Removing the handle


Although the sliding door handle may be more compact than one for classic doors, you can start the disassembly phase from here.

Unscrew the screws that hold it anchored to the door, and at the same time create a checklist or drawing on a sheet of paper, where you can note the exact starting position of the various elements you extract.

To disassemble the screws, you may need to remove the protective tab, usually in the groove. When you complete this step, you can disassemble the lock.

You have to remove the screws that hold it anchored, marking the exact position in the respective pattern. If the screws are different, group them and lock them in a piece of paper, writing what their function is to find them immediately.


Replace the lock


When finished with the extraction, bring the lock to a good locksmith or arrange for a replacement of the damaged part.

Alternatively, purchase a new lock for your door, following the diagram that comes with the lock, simply re-install the lock with the reverse procedure.

By working methodically and calmly, you can succeed in replacing the sliding door lock even if you are not an expert in the industry.

If you do not feel comfortable applying it yourself, turn to a specialist locksmith who will help you with the goal.

We do not accept any liability for damage to property or persons, due to negligence or approximate work without respecting the safety rules and following the diagrams for their lock or lack of experience, we do recommend you contact a professional locksmith to carry out this work for you.


You can call The Lock Guy for any help in these matters.

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Never forget:

Proceed with the method by remembering the exact position of the pieces and screws
Keep in mind that the handles can be quite different depending on the model.

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