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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-17-2009, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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how-to: key hole plugs & trunk lock plug

Well this is my first how-to I have ever done so will try to do my best.

2007 Pontiac G5 Base Model Used for application (My Car)

Material Needed for both key holes or trunk lock plugs:

Hillman Variable Push Fastners GM H#881200 (Sold at Lowes 2 per pack $0.80)
Hillman Variable Push Fastners Chrysler H#881198 (Sold at Lowes 2 per pack $0.80)
Box Cutter with Good Blade (be careful)
Color Matched Paint (Mine is on order)

First is the key hole plugs:

Material Need:
Hillman Variable Push Fastners GM H#881200 (Sold at Lowes 2 per pack $0.80)


Box Cutter with Good Blade

Color Matched Paint (Mine is on order)

Step one:
You need to cut off the little stub at the end circled in red.
Step two:
You will have to shave little by little the sides leaving the raised pieces intact (Green Circle). Using another set I was testing with you will get the idea in the second picture.



Step Three:
Test fit.


Step four:
Paint. (Now I know my color doesn't match but I have ordered some from the dealer but wanted to get the point across in the post.)




Now I will suggest maybe some silicone for security and to hold in place a little bit better.



Second we have the trunk lock:

Material Needed:

Hillman Variable Push Fastners Chrysler H#881198 (Sold at Lowes 2 per pack $0.80)


Box Cutter with Good Blade

Color Matched Paint (Your Choice If You Want to Paint Them)

Step One:
Cutting. Cut the nub at the front just like the key hole plugs. Shave flat to where it will fit into the lock. The hardest part of this is the base circled in red has to be cut flat enough to go in the lock to.


Step two:
Test Fit.



Step Three:
Paint.
Now I have decided not to do this right now but it is your choice.

Thank You and do at you own risk!

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thanks i posted this on g5club.net and figured today i would pass it
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I am kind of new here, and was wondering what is the purpose of putting plugs in your key holes?
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you can also make trunk plugs with those
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I am kind of new here, and was wondering what is the purpose of putting plugs in your key holes?
for looks most cobalts have automatic doors means you don't use keys to unlock trunk or doors so cover up the holes makes it look nice most people won't even notice though but when they see it they will think its nice looking if its color matched


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I am kind of new here, and was wondering what is the purpose of putting plugs in your key holes?
for looks most cobalts have automatic doors means you don't use keys to unlock trunk or doors so cover up the holes makes it look nice most people won't even notice though but when they see it they will think its nice looking if its color matched


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Wow! It's so simple! And it fits in the key hole perfectly?? Hmm think I might have to do this my self. Can I use 3M instead of silicone?
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Wow! It's so simple! And it fits in the key hole perfectly?? Hmm think I might have to do this my self. Can I use 3M instead of silicone?

wouldnt see why not, they hold there self in place great but just a little off center. in the pics they are held in by them selves. i washed the car at a car wash today and none of them came out and still havent used anything to hold them in
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wow ive never really seen that done. it gives it a clean look. does it stay in there good and does it ruin the lock at all if you try to take it out?
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wow ive never really seen that done. it gives it a clean look. does it stay in there good and does it ruin the lock at all if you try to take it out?
it stays good in there. i wouldnt see why it would ruin it all you have to do is take a needle or something very small and slide it out alittle bit and then wiggle it up and down and it comes right out
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