I have a 1998 ford explorer. The remote stopped working, though i
believe the battery to be dead anyway. so i tried to unlock the car
with the key though all of the entry locks seem to be seized in the
lock position. The key will not turn any of the locks. what could
cause this? Thanks so much.
Relying solely on the key fob to unlock the doors and ignoring the lock
causes this. The lock cylinders are corroded. Try spraying them with WD-40. Then
insert and remove the key numerous times while turning the key back and forth.
On 31 Oct 2006 06:36:52 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
As has been pointed out, if you never use the lock cylinders they
rust and/or freeze up. Get a can of 'Lock-Ease' spray graphite
lubricant for the cylinders, and give each one a shot.
WD-40 will free them up if that's all you have handy, but it is NOT
a long term lubricant - it is mostly Deodorized Kerosene (parafinnic,
which is where the lube effect comes from) and Stoddard Solvent (a
fancy paint thinner). In a few days at best the Kerosene evaporates,
and the lubricating effect goes away.
You need something that hangs around long term, and the powdered
graphite in lock cylinder lubricant is made expressly for that.
--<< Bruce >>--
S'Okay, that's why I make a point of saying it every time the
subject comes up.
The bad part is we'll be repeating the message over and over for the
next 50 years, and people will STILL think of it as 'a lubricant'.
For displacing water from electrical connectors and wet ignition
wires (IE stalled out in the rain) it's the greatest stuff since
sliced bread, everyone should have a can of WD-40 in their tool kit.
But as a lubricant it doesn't just suck rocks, it sucks boulders.
--<< Bruce >>--
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