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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-04-2009, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid question on gas tank

My cap is really hard to unlock, I have bent a key out of shape doing it to, anyway I can grease up the locking mechanism?
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Push down on the cap while turning key.
You can take cap apart and lube it.

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Mine too. Discovered if I push down on the cap with one hand while turning key, it's a lot easier. But maybe you've discovered this already.

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Push down on the cap while turning key.
You can take cap apart and lube it.
Dibs, you owe me a coke!

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Actually.......I just had this problem. I went to fill up, it was always hard to open the gas cap since I got the bike weeks before hand. I figured it was just the cap on the bike. WRONG. It should be very easy to turn and open/close. If it's not, something is wrong with the locking mechanism.


I ended up going to the filling station, and somehow managed to get the cap open, barely. Had to use almost full force. Figured, hmmmm whatever. I finished getting gas and couldn't get the freakin thing to close for the life of me. I bent the crap out of my key and had to push my bike over the the curb and wait for another family member to bring me another spare from home figuring it was just a bad key.


Long story short, they got there, I bent this key again, but not as bad as the other, I could still start the bike, but not close the gas cap. Luckely, I was in a decently large city with a lock smith near by. He looked inside for bent pins, none. Took the lock apart, and said there was just a couple specs of dirt inside the locking mechanism itself. He cleaned it out, even reassembled everything for me, cut me 2 new keys, charged me a measly $15 for his time and work and 2 keys to be cut.




The cap opens and closes effortlessly now. I urge anyone who has even the slightest problem opening/closing their gas cap to get this cleaned by a pro lock smith now before it leaves you stranded somewhere! Had I filled in my little town, I woulda had to get it towed back home probably.

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Had this problem with mine and just took the cap apart cleaned up the internals and sanded the moving parts with 1500 grit and lubed everything up and works real smooth now.

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What kind of lube are you guys using on the mechanism I was thinking of maybe lithium grease but i am afraid of gad getting up there and mixing with the tank should i be worried about that?
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Dry powdered graphite works best, the same as you would use on the cables.

Ditto on the push down on the cap while unlocking it.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-12-2009, 11:29 AM
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Never use a wet lube on locks, dry film lube or graphite is the only thing. Wet lube gathers dirt and makes mud--not a good thing on locks. A good way to clean any trace of oil/grease off your locks is to use a canned air power duster (walmart-radio shack) , turn the can upside down so the freon comes out as a stream and spray/wash the lock mechanisim with it. Let dry , graphite lube, and reassemble. Wear gloves when you do this as the freon can freeze dry your skin.

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