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Posted: Aug 07 2008 at 1:18pm | IP Logged Quote hbest17

Ok so all of this business started with the passenger side door which didnt bother me too much but now the driver side door is doing it too. I have manual door locks and have no problem locking and unlocking from the inside but when I try unlocking from the outside the key just wont turn sometimes. The driver door only does it every now and then but I'm rarely able to unlock the passenger door from the outside. It didnt bother me until the driver door started doing it. I just know I'm going to be trying to leave work one day and not be able to get in my truck! I've tried having a new key made (thinking mine may have been bent) but it didnt work. Is there something I can do to make them easier to unlock or will I have to replace them?

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Posted: Aug 07 2008 at 9:09pm | IP Logged Quote ferrellb

Have you shot some WD-40 into the locks?  That generally works great.  Do not overdo it, however.  FB

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Posted: Aug 08 2008 at 5:57am | IP Logged Quote Boomer

Ferrellb is right on the money.  Keep the lock cylinders lubricated.  WD-40 is good to use as it doesn't leave a real dust collecting residue like a thicker oil would.  Graphite lock lubricants are also a good bet.  Over time, moisture will cause a surface corrosion to form on the metal parts and this is what makes the lock hard to operate.  WD-40 will displace moisture and provide a thin, lubricating film.

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Posted: Aug 08 2008 at 9:41am | IP Logged Quote hbest17

Awesome I will try this as soon as I get home from work today. Thanks!

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Posted: Aug 08 2008 at 2:11pm | IP Logged Quote Boomer

Put the little red tube on the WD-40 can nozzle and push the tip of the red tube into the lock where the key would go.  Give it about a 1/2 second squirt and see how it works.  Let us know how you make out or if the problem is bigger than the WD-40 cure!

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Posted: Aug 08 2008 at 5:23pm | IP Logged Quote lakota

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Folks I don’t want to get any ones unddies in a wad but IMHO WD-40 is one of the most over rated products on the market. I have had things get covered with rust after ‘protecting’ them with WD-40. Disaster happen spraying the insides of a quality control inspector’s tool box and tools…  then locking it for a year… every thing was covered in rust when opened a year later.

... Rust attacked my black power guns cleaned and protected with WD-40 in just two weeks!.  Unless they have changed the blend in the last few years all it really does is displace water in cracks. You might try AutoZone multi-purpose spray lubricant or if a lot of plastics are involved try CRC Heavy Duty Silicone multi-Use Lubricant.

BTW…  another sorry product is 3-in-one oil…  let me shut up before I get on a rant.

 

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Posted: Aug 11 2008 at 1:23pm | IP Logged Quote hbest17

The WD 40 Helped alot, thank you. However, the locks were still not as easy to unlock as they should've been. Turns out my key was worn quite a bit. The doors unlocked as good as new when I tried with one I had cut for a spare back when I bought the truck. You would think I would notice something like that right off but nooo, I guess I like to make things difficult for myself. . Thanks for your help.

 

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Posted: Aug 11 2008 at 2:52pm | IP Logged Quote Boomer

Hey, glad the problem is solved.  Keep the lock cylinders lubed, though, adn over time you'll probably wear your key out much more slowly!  It is these kinds of little problems and their solutions that you file away over the yaers and by the time you are 60, you have a lot of knowledge stored away....at least until senility takes it all away!

Thanks for letting us know how this turned out.

 

 



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