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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-01-2014, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Frozen gas cap lock

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I've been having some issues with my gas tank cap lock freezing. I'm afraid I'll break the key off. I've tried WD40 and it worked but I'm tired of having to continually apply it and it doesn't work when it's really cold or it takes forever to loosen up the cap.

I've read about a number of products. Does anyone know for sure what I can use on both my ignition and gas cap lock to keep them moving freely. Products like PTFE (Teflon spray) or graphite seem to be options but I'm not sure what's best. does anyone have any ideas. Thanks!

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Graphite would be my suggestion. Apply liberally and wipe up any drips.

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With your COLD temps.... I might suspect WD-40 wanting to freeze up....


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Graphite would be my suggestion. Apply liberally and wipe up any drips.
x2 ....when applied to a hinge, it scarred the clearcoat on my kitchen cabinet doors


'86 VN750 13,700 mi -Stock
-Purchased 2008 w/8800mi
Replaced ALL Cables . Kuryakyn LED Voltmeter
SilverStar Ultra 9003/HB2 H4 Headlamp, Jardine Fwd Controls,
Iridiums DPR7EIX-9 & Wires, Tuxedo Mod, Coil Mod, P/U Sensor Mod, Fork Seals,
Splines Lubed - 11/4/2012 - MF AGM Battery
Additional Flashing LED Brake Light on Trunk
Dampers went out @ 13+K !
After TOC MCCT's..... so amazingly quiet I discovered a rattling heat shield on my stock exhaust !
...have a vulcan good day!
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Ahhh you don't need no stinkin' gas cap, just stuff a long rag in thar and don't smoke while you ride.

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any dry lube would be good, like the graphite or teflon mentioned... I would probably take the cap off the tank and flush the lock out with solvent before trying a new lubricant though.

If it ain't broke... well I'm sure I can find something that is
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hit the local hardware store and get some lock lube (usually graphite based)

couple bucks and it lasts lots longer than wd40
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Thanks everyone for your insight. I was in a bind the other day at the gas station. I couldn't get my cap off and the key was stuck in the lock. What a mess. I'm on my way to Home Depot then Lowes if they don't have the products you suggest.

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it was a toss up between spray graphite lubricant with PTFE or graphite in a small tube. The spray had a rating of -100F and the powder graphite had no mention of temps. Once I applied the dry spray after cleaning the cap as someone mentioned here the thing turned like it was brand new.

Bring on those sub freezing temps!

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Chilhowee Tank Bra
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