Step by Step Guide - How to Reset a Kwikset Smart Key Cylinder When the Key Is Missing  

 

A few years ago in order to help prevent the growing threat of bump keying that had been dominating the airwaves and to make it easier for a home owner to change the key that operated their locks, Kwikset Lock manufacturer introduced the Kwikset Smart Key Lock Cylinder.

The following is a step as step by step illustrated guide of how to reset a Kwikset Smart Key Cylinder when the key is missing or not available.

Kwikset Smartkey Reset
1) The Kwikset Smartkey cylinder fully assembled
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
2)Remove the C clip, this will allow the cylinder plug and plug sleeve to come out of the cylinder housing.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
3) This is the Kwikset Smartkey plug and plug sleeve removed from the housing.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
4) Remove the E clip from the back of the plug.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
5) Be sure to put the pieces off to the side in the order removed.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
6) Push the plug out of the plug shell by putting pressure on the back of the plug while pushing down on the waffers seen above with a paper clip or screw driver.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
7) This is the Kwikset Smart Key plug removed from the plug shell. You are looking at what is called the sidebar.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
8) Remove the side bar and set it aside. Take note of the springs underneath the side bar. Do not lose these springs.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
9) Take note of the groove on the underbelly of the side bar bridge. Line all of the wafers notches up with the groove in the bridge.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
10) Above you see a Kwikset reset tool being used for the purpose of lining up the wafers, any small sharp edge will work fine, even a knife.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
11) When reassembling the plug the groove on the bridge needs to line up with the ridges on the plug. The spring on the bridge indicates the rear of the bridge.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
12) After the ridges on the plug are lined up with the groove on the bridge the two pieces will seat together. Now slide the bridge back toward to rear of the plug. This action puts the Kwikset Smartkey cylinder in reset mode.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
13) 1st insert the new into the lock cylinder plug. 2nd let the side bar bridge component return its resting position. The cylinder is now set to the new key.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
14) Reinstall the side bar into the bridge
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
15) Reattach the tailpiece and the E clip.
Kwikset Smartkey Reset
16) Reinstall the C clip and your done.

 

 

 











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