firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoff Miller) wrote in
I don't know if I would put wd40 in it. I put graphite powder, used for
worn locks. It comes in a small tube and you squirt it in the ignition.
It fills in the worn areas and, and least for me, worked. Held up for 2
weeks until I replaced the lock.
Graphite works great as a preventative measure, but the original
poster said the lock wouldn't turn. Since graphite is a powder,
it doesn't have the ability to penetrate into the crevices of a
stationary mechanism like a liquid would. (I'd have suggested
penetrating oil, but since ignition locks are horizontal, that
wouldn't have been practical. Something with pressure behind it
was called for.)
In any case, the original poster said that the lock was going to
be replaced, and that it only needed to turn one more time in
order to make that possible.
I've used WD-40 in locks for years with no problem, both instead
of graphite and alternating with the use of it.
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I got it to turn one more time. A locksmith then removed the tumbler. I
am now waiting for parts. Here in Montana, everything is a special order.
I followed Geoff's advice and flooded the lock with WD40. I would not
ordinarily do this. But I knew I was going to replace the mechanism.
After a half hour of random fidgiting, I got a turn. Then I had to
disconnect the battery and call the locksmith.
The poster that recommended strong vibration is correct. The locksmith
said he has done this with a concrete vibrator wrapped in a towel
pressed against the steering column. The only vibration device I could
find around my home was just too weak and the batteries were dead.
The final alternative is to either drill it out or do the old carthief's
method of a large screwdriver and a pair of Vise-Grips or Channel-Locks.
They both work, but you'll have to replace ALL the hardware. BTDT...
Geoff Miller wrote:
I read somewhere about a guy with an MB with a similar problem who used
some machine that caused a vibration (like a sanding machine?). While
'vibrating' the steering column with the machine he got one more turn
out of it.
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