How To Replace Lock On Truck Tool Box? (Step By Step Guide)

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You probably know that your truck lock should function well at all times. That’s because you could lose your tools if you don’t replace it when broken. 

But do you always have to go to a mechanic? I dare say no. You can do this independently—even if you’ve never replaced another lock. 

Luckily, this article will share with you step-by-step to replace your truck toolbox lock. 

But first, let’s look at the most basic things you must know before you even start replacing your toolbox lock. 

Factors To Consider Before Changing Your Truck Tool Box Lock 

Are you worried about changing the lock of your toolbox? Well, don’t worry in this article, we will discuss how to replace the lock on the truck toolbox.

  1. Reasons Why You’re Replacing The Lock

You don’t want to replace a lock, and then after a short time, you’re back to it again. This should be done once and for all. So, first, understand why you’re changing the lock. 

Here are common reasons why you could be replacing the lock. 

  • To Prevent Tools Theft 

If you’re in an area where your tools disappear more often, you need a more secure lock. Look for a type of lock that will offer better security features. Don’t install anything that just anyone can open. 

  • Lost Keys 

If you have lost the keys to your toolbox lock, then you don’t have to think so much about the lock. Find a good lock and install it. 

  • Damaged Locks 

If you have experienced regular lock damages, you might consider buying higher quality locks. That will save you the money you would spend getting another lock. 

Truck Tool Box Lock
  1. Type of Your Toolbox 

In the market, you will find different locks. You must get the right one for your toolbox. The type of your lock will be determined by the type of toolbox that you have. So, ensure you check the type of toolbox on your truck. 

Here are the common toolbox types: 

  • Crossover/saddle box 
  • Side mount toolbox
  • Topsider toolbox 
  • Tongue chest 
  • 5th wheel toolbox 
  • Underbed toolbox 
  • Footlocker toolbox 

Simple Steps To Replace Truck Tool Box Lock

So, now you have decided to replace the lock by yourself? Here are the simple steps to follow. 

Step 1: Choose Your Prefered Lock  Depending On Your Toolbox Type

First, you need to buy a new lock. You can get it online or from a mechanic’s shop. You can find the locks at hardware or garage stores.

However, it is important to keep in mind the type of lock when buying a lock. Besides, the lock you buy should have the same tools and features as the toolbox.

You will need some screws and other necessary tools to do this work. Make sure all tools are within your reach before you start work.

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Step 2: Prepare Your Working Area 

Clear enough workspace to change toolbox locks and locate the toolbox for repair. You have to make sure that the automobile is safe in its place. Use a screwdriver to remove the old lock from the toolbox.

The screws can be firmly fixed in the box, so apply some force to loosen the screws. Some toolboxes use bolts to fix the lock. In that case, you need to use a pair of pliers to unlock the bolts from the box.

Step 3: Inspect the Condition of Your Tool Box

Check the condition of the toolbox before inserting the new lock into the toolbox. Remove all tools from the toolbox and check to see if there is any damage, rust, corrosion, or dirt. 

If there is anything like that, clean the box using a small brush and empty the dirt and debris. On the other hand, if the toolbox has any bolts or screws that need to be replaced, replace them with new bolts or screws to keep the toolbox in good condition.

Step 4: Securely Install The New Lock 

Once you have completed step 3, now it’s time to install the new lock in the toolbox. Place the lock in the toolbox, and use the screws to attach it to the toolbox. 

Place the screws in each hole and attach them to the hole in the toolbox. Now drive them using a screwdriver, so they are secure and fastened.

Using bolts and nuts, the lock should be held tightly in place. So now put the bolts and nuts in place. Use a pair of pliers to tighten and bind them.

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Step 5: Check If The Lock Is Working Properly 

After fixing the new lock in the toolbox, try to see if it locks and open normally. 

Make sure it is in a position to protect the tools in the toolbox. If the fitting has a problem, adjust the new lock to close it properly.

Once the new lock is installed on the toolbox, try turning it off to see if it works properly. Make sure that this lock is sufficient to secure the tools in the toolbox.

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Quick Pro Tips For Choosing The Best Tool Box Lock

  • We recommend buying a steel toolbox because it is durable and does not easily cause damage or defects. Remember never to buy plastic toolboxes for your truck.
  • Install a suitable cover to protect your toolbox. This ensures that the lock doesn’t rust and easily get damaged. 
  • Regularly inspect your toolbox. Ensure it’s firmly secured in its position. Also, notice any damages, including the lock performance.
  • Lastly, make sure that the toolbox contains all the tools needed for automobile repair.

A Simple Hacks To Open A Toolbox Lock Without Keys 

One of the reasons you want to change your lock could be because you lost your keys. And that’s okay. To replace it, you might need to open the existing lock. 

Other times you might have just misplaced the keys and you’d find them later. That doesn’t have to stop you from accessing your tools. Here are two simple hacks for opening the toolbox lock without keys. 

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Hack 1: Use Paper Clip or Bobby Pin 

If you don’t have the key, you can try using a paperclip or a bobby pin to pick the lock. 

First, insert the paperclip or bobby pin into the keyhole. Next, twist and turn the paperclip or bobby pin until you feel the lock click open.

Hack 2: Screwdriver 

You can try using a screwdriver if you don’t have a paper clip or bobby pin. First, insert the screwdriver into the keyhole.

Next, twist the screwdriver until the lock clicks open. Besides, if you still can’t open the lock, you may need to call a locksmith.

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Final Thoughts

The above is a simple guide anyone can follow to replace their lock. But the process is not the most important part of replacing your toolbox lock. The most important thing to do is choose the right lock. Once you have the best lock, then, you can be sure your tools are secure. 

So, order the best toolbox key and install them.

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