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I've Broken Two Keys

Ok so I have been having issues with the Fuel Cap. I go to open it and it sticks it will turn to just before releasing I push down on the cap as I turn it and it will not pop open. I have broken two keys and am getting ready to break another one. I have hit it with WD-40 and it still sticks. Is there a way to change out the cap and go keyless?

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Is there a way to change out the cap and go keyless?
I do not know, have you tried removing the cap, cleaning & lubing it up, then remounting it ? I saw Blank Kawasaki keys on Ebay $11.50 each.
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I have torn it apart and soaked it still sticks. I think the slider for the lock is dragging. I was thinking since it is incased that some lube might work.

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Ok so I have been having issues with the Fuel Cap. I go to open it and it sticks it will turn to just before releasing I push down on the cap as I turn it and it will not pop open. I have broken two keys and am getting ready to break another one. I have hit it with WD-40 and it still sticks. Is there a way to change out the cap and go keyless?

Thank you.
I would get a rubber mallot and gently tap the gas cap for a few minutes. Also slosh the gas around so it wets the bottom of the gas cap (that you can tell).

With the key, it's not always best to go full force. Rock the up and down (not in and out) while tapping on the cap, some more tapping. Worse case, pull the tank, petcock, and spray PB under the cap to loosen the mechanism.

I'm dealing with a stuck gas cap on my bandit that's been there 10 years. Still working on it, slowly. No lost keys, yet.

I used WD40 on my cap when it was starting to get hard to open (down into the lock, and into the sliding mechanism). It opens like a dream every time now.

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Thanks man I will try that today. Will let you know the outcome.

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Just occurred to me that if WD40 doesn't do it, try some silicone spray and let it soak into the lock. Just a thought.

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I was making a thread for this along with another version of poogs. I will have to finish it up.

Quick run down: You have to pull the pin out of the cap to remove the cap. Then take it apart and scrape the actuator and channel clean to remove the sediment. Then use motor oil to lightly lube it. Then exercise it to make sure it it's smooth. If not, clean it more. You can see some pics in my signatures thread that might help.
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I was actually just having the same problem with mine. I bent the key sideways, and luckily was able to bend it back without breaking it. Added some wd40 yesterday, cleaned it up for me.
@WilliamTech, thanks for the idea of searching Ebay for blank keys, Ace and Lowes have failed me.

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