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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Key wont turn

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In my 92 turning my key felt like it was a little gummed up so I sprayed some wd40 in the ignition. Now it won't turn at all... help
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The sounds like you'll need to take it apart and clean it. Usually a good idea anyway on an older bike.

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I can't find any threads about doing that. Do you actually take apart the lock cylinder? I was tempted to just switch to a toggle button setup
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I had a similar experience but perhaps not for the same reason (whatever it is) as yours. My key had developed a slight twist to it and this was enough to prevent the ignition switch from turning. Once I stuck it in a vice and flattened it back out, the switch has operated fine ever since. Sometimes its simple things.............
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I can't find any threads about doing that. Do you actually take apart the lock cylinder? I was tempted to just switch to a toggle button setup
Yeah, toggle switches usually fool most people looking to steal or mess with bikes. lol

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Yeah, toggle switches usually fool most people looking to steal or mess with bikes. lol
Toggle switches confuse me.there is way to many variables.

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It's possible when you sprayed the oil in the lock you just loosened up some dirt and now it's got one of the lock pins stuck.

Try using a penetrating oil and blowing air into the lock, inserting and removing the key several times with each and maybe you'll get it freed.
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WD40 (designed for water displacement, not lubrication) leaves a residue that, in my experience, causes binding. Apply a lightweight oil to the keyway, then do as knifemaker suggests and work the key in and out, twisting lightly back and forth each time with the key inserted fully. Compressed air will help spread the oil around and possibly dislodge an obstruction. Vehicle locks usually have 'wafers' instead of pins, so you can get something like a dental pick (or an actual lock pick) into the keyway and move each wafer up and down manually to break them free if stuck.

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