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Old 01-07-2013, 09:02 AM   #11
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Absolutely Herk, a dry lubricant doesn't collect the dust, dirt and grit as liquid lubes do and it will last longer and be more effective. The silicone's and WDs's of the world do a great job and have there place for sure.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:25 AM   #12
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I buy some lock lube at the auto parts store it is graphite and in some kind of liquid lubricant. I do this once a year and it works for me. also if it runs out onto other surfaces it wipes off real easy. I believe it penetrates better than dry graphite. I live in Mi. and the locks on the back of my capper on my truck always get seized up from the road salt in the winter. I squirt some of this in the lock and gently work the key back and forth and eventually it'll work itself free.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #13
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Stay away from the liquid sprays, they will gum up after a while. Go to your local locksmith, LOCAL, not a big name box store, and ask for a tube of graphite. It is the best thing for locks, lasts a long time and you are supporting your local small business at the same time.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:11 PM   #14
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Good to know. One of my pass thru locks is getting stiff and I bent a key trying to open it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #15
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Good to know. One of my pass thru locks is getting stiff and I bent a key trying to open it.
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Two other thing that will cause a broken key, being in a hurry...make sure that the key is inserted all the way into the keyway before trying to turn the key, and once you unlock the lock use the handle to open the door and not the key while it is still in the keyway, I watch people all the time and it is the most common thing that people do.......and I do have a "Key Extractor" to remove broken keys.

All of you need to be careful with RV locks they are the cheapest locks out there, they do not have stainless steel pins in them, they have brass dic tumblers and they will bend easy, they are the samething that are used in furniture the only difference is that they have a cover that flips down and covers the keyway. The best thing you can do is to keep them lube and clean and do not spray anothing inside of the keyway, apply it to the key and slide the key in and out a few times until the key moves easy.

If you are at the beach and you drop your key in the sand you better wash it off before you use it, sand it deadly for a lock.....
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Personally--I despise WD-40. Why? In 38 years of industrial maintenance, primarily as a machinist, I have seen as much ferrous metals rusted from an application of WD-40 as I have seen ferrous metals rust from being outside in the rain. I have seen the direct results of precision measuring tools (not mine) and precision machine tool equipment get the infamous "black rust" from applications of WD-40. IMO: Locks/tumblers get silicone or graphite.
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I have worked with locks for over 10 years (Kwikset). I would never use WD40. Dry graphite is the only thing needed. It is a good idea to lube the pin area several times a year. You can spray a silicon spray into the latch area of the lock to keep it free. If you find the door hard to close try lubricating the latch area of the lock. A RV tech told me that this area should he lubricated once a month.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #19
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I believe OP was instructing us on how to remove a broke key, AND just reminding us to lube our locks.

I'm sure what ever you use will work for you, everybody has thier opinions and since we know what those are like, we know that some will stink, just have to find out if any do, ourselfs!

Oh yes, get those locks "wet"!
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Two other thing that will cause a broken key, being in a hurry...make sure that the key is inserted all the way into the keyway before trying to turn the key, and once you unlock the lock use the handle to open the door and not the key while it is still in the keyway, I watch people all the time and it is the most common thing that people do.......and I do have a "Key Extractor" to remove broken keys.

All of you need to be careful with RV locks they are the cheapest locks out there, they do not have stainless steel pins in them, they have brass dic tumblers and they will bend easy, they are the samething that are used in furniture the only difference is that they have a cover that flips down and covers the keyway. The best thing you can do is to keep them lube and clean and do not spray anothing inside of the keyway, apply it to the key and slide the key in and out a few times until the key moves easy.

If you are at the beach and you drop your key in the sand you better wash it off before you use it, sand it deadly for a lock.....
Great tip on the sand!
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