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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-17-2019, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Steering lock issues

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Has anyone had issues with the steering lock not letting go of the key when engaged. The last few times I've tried to use it, the lock seems to turn smoothly enough but is reluctant to release the key. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 goes to get the key out but this morning I simply couldn't pull the key out at all. I was at work when this happened and have a CCTV monitored courtyard that the bike is kept in but it's something I normally do when out and about.

I will give it a dose of WD40 later see if this helps but any experience or advice gratefully received.

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I’ve always used a #2 pencil and razor then shaved some of the end (graphite) and put the shavings into the keyhole. I was taught to only use powdered graphite to lubricate lock cylinders. Liquids will only attract more gunk.
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Iíve always used a #2 pencil and razor then shaved some of the end (graphite) and put the shavings into the keyhole. I was taught to only use powdered graphite to lubricate lock cylinders. Liquids will only attract more gunk.
Interesting, I'll give that a go.

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you can use silicone based spray on the lock, what kilyung says goes for any oil based lube as this is like jelly after some time so in the old days locks were always with graphite nowadays you can use othe things.


BTW: they had to change my lock as the ignition lock barrel had a crack so both locks had to go. It took the Triumph dealer about 2 hrs to get the steering lock as the instructions from Triumph were completely wrong...well that's at least how they justified the time it took them to get the job done.
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Iíve always used a #2 pencil and razor then shaved some of the end (graphite) and put the shavings into the keyhole. I was taught to only use powdered graphite to lubricate lock cylinders. Liquids will only attract more gunk.

I checked this out years ago with my locksmith, as I had been told the same thing, and I got a resounding whoa!

They indicated that graphite works well only in low humidity environments, so it might be fine in the winter and then in the summer "gum up" and clump when it gets humid. They recommended Houdini which is an all season lock specific lubricant. I have used it for years with outstanding results.
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I checked this out years ago with my locksmith, as I had been told the same thing, and I got a resounding whoa!

They indicated that graphite works well only in low humidity environments, so it might be fine in the winter and then in the summer "gum up" and clump when it gets humid. They recommended Houdini which is an all season lock specific lubricant. I have used it for years with outstanding results.
Personally I have used graphite for quite a while in off-road vehicles that are road registered and therefore have locks for when you fancy driving a winch truck to the local shopping mall

I canít comment on climate affects but am sure mud and grit play a part which the graphite seems to have no issue with given I clean these with a hot jet wash !
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