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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Locks

Problem:

Lock does not turn as freely as before, or it is hard to put the key in or out of the lock.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Appropriate lock oil in a bottle with a spout (such as sewing machine oil, graphite lubricant like Lock Ease; do not use any penetrating oil, as it will have the detrimental effect of de-lubricating the lock)

Solution:

 

Like anything else, locks--be it for your door, fuel tank or trunk--will need some appropriate lubrication over time to remain operable with ease.  Locks with little lubrication, or none at all, will progressively become constrained in its relatively simple mechanical operation, and ultimately quit working at all.  A lock should be lubricated just as soon as you first notice any tension in its turning operation or when there is a problem with the insertion or removal of the key from the lock.

Lubricating the lock is simple:  Point the spout of the appropriate lock oil bottle into the lock and squeeze the bottle for the lubrication to squirt into it. Do this once, and the lock should be good as new after that.  Never use penetrating oil, as it will de-lubricate your lock's internal components, making the situation a lot worse.

If you ever need to de-ice a lock with a de-icer agent during cold weather, after the de-icing you should especially follow the above lubrication routine as de-icing inherently de-lubricates the lock; the lock will definitely need the lubrication then.

So, "grease" your locks so that they'll let you pass their doorways with ease.

Ed the Handyman

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