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Old 10-27-2010, 06:12 PM   #1
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Hey,

Yup, I know it sounds really silly. But I was at a gas station today to fill up, I stick the key in the socket, but the key will only go about half way into the socket.

I tried to turn the key, with a little force, but it would not turn. Has anyone experienced this before? Any response is appreciated.

Thank you,
Dean S.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hey,

Yup, I know it sounds really silly. But I was at a gas station today to fill up, I stick the key in the socket, but the key will only go about half way into the socket.

I tried to turn the key, with a little force, but it would not turn. Has anyone experienced this before? Any response is appreciated.

Thank you,
Dean S.
While you turn the key did you try it the push it down and turn it


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Old 10-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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Re: Can't open gas tank?

Try a little WD in the hole. Also make sure your key hasnt been bent of twisted, just a little can cause that.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:53 PM   #4
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Try a little WD in the hole. Also make sure your key hasnt been bent of twisted, just a little can cause that.
dont use wd40 that makes the tumblers stick

use graphite and or try blowing it out with some compressed air. probably just a tumbler caught up
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:52 AM   #5
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dont use wd40 that makes the tumblers stick

use graphite and or try blowing it out with some compressed air. probably just a tumbler caught up
Yeah I haven't had much experience with motorcycle locks sticking although I can see it being straight up and down and water getting in after being washed and all. I do know we have a fleet of crown vics and have to spray wd in the locks about once a year because the keys wont go all the way in and turn the lock and it always works.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:40 PM   #6
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While you turn the key did you try it the push it down and turn it


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I tried to push it down, but it won't go down. Something is stuck. I forced it a little and I don't want the key to bend.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:43 PM   #7
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Re: Can't open gas tank?

push the gas cap inwards and try to open it...mine got stuck and i had to almost pry it open but after spraying it with lube 40 (same thing as wd40 i believe) its now workin fine.
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:21 PM   #8
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Hey,

Yup, I know it sounds really silly. But I was at a gas station today to fill up, I stick the key in the socket, but the key will only go about half way into the socket.

I tried to turn the key, with a little force, but it would not turn. Has anyone experienced this before? Any response is appreciated.

Thank you,
Dean S.
Shoot some compressed air in there that may blow some dirt/objects out

Dont use WD 40!
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:29 PM   #9
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Shoot some compressed air in there that may blow some dirt/objects out

Dont use WD 40!
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WD - 40 May make things slip but only for a short time and it attracts Dirt and dust. Cause it will stick to the wd - 40 as it drys
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:27 AM   #10
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In my expierance water/moisture/weathering got into the mechanism and probaly Seized it in one piece just like my k5 1K was left outside for a year and ended up bending the key cus it wud only go halfway, i had to pry out switch from tank , i then took off both of the Cross screws after i relized that the lock/unlock Lever that moves was Rusted and conjoined in one piece to the base i new something was wrong cus of all the rust, after remiving those screws i saw the housing with the spring nd it was all jammed cus of the corrosion i them took off the second mechanism flat round cover and yup more corrison and water residue which was alot, after having the 3 pieces i poured a shitload of wd-40 and Brushed everything clean which included grinding all parts with water residue more wd-40 and put all together and Now turns like Butter

All the white in the pic is water residue and rust
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:11 AM   #11
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Strong first post, dig up a year old thread.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:09 AM   #12
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Strong first post, dig up a year old thread.

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Old 12-01-2012, 02:43 AM   #13
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dont use wd40 that makes the tumblers stick

use graphite and or try blowing it out with some compressed air. probably just a tumbler caught up
+1 wd40 also eats up oil ....


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