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Old 02-27-2007, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default Key stuck in ignition

My key get stuck in the ignition and I can't get it out but if I wait about 5-10 min I can sometime get it out

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:31 AM   #2
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Lube the key with graphite lock/key lube. Treat the key several times and insert it into the cylinder.

When my VUE was new I didn't like the feel of how the key felt in the ignition switch. I treated the key several times with graphite lock lube and operated the switch. Now it's smooth as glass.

I let the lock lube sit on the key and let it soak into the brass of the key. then wipe off the excess and insert it into the lock. Don't get excessive with the lube. Just because a drop is good, a gallon isn't necessarily better...

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:42 AM   #3
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And DO NOT USE WD40, Silicon Spray or any other sort of OIL! Graphite lock lube is sold under the brand name LockEase at any Walmart.

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:47 AM   #4
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I know some people that prefer the white lithium spray grease in its place as they say that the graphite thing becomes something you have to do over and over again periodically but never had to test that theroy.

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Old 02-28-2007, 08:40 AM   #5
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I've also tried some canned air to try to clear out the brass filings that collect in the lock cylinder. Might be wise to get a new key punched, if your old one is shot.

Also, my Saturn is very sensitive to the steering wheel position. At times have to pull wheel to get it to release, and be able to start it.

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Old 02-28-2007, 12:12 PM   #6
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if you have an automatic the gizmo that makes sure you're in park before you get your keys might be going south.

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Old 02-28-2007, 02:19 PM   #7
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You probably need to replace the lock cylinder with a new one.

On the subject of graphite in locks, I had an incident years ago where a lock froze-up because of graphite. The locksmith said never to use it for lubricating locks because if any water gets in, the graphite will turn to a solid and freeze the lock. I don't know if it is really true, but I have never used graphite after that. I use a little oil every now and then and have never had a problem.

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Old 02-28-2007, 02:39 PM   #8
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Master Lock says here that you shouldn't use graphite:

http://commercial.masterlock.com/faq...dservice.shtml

but they also say not to use oil because the oil will attract dirt (good point that I hadn't thought of before).

Silicone or Teflon lubes are recommended. I'll have to try one.

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Old 02-28-2007, 02:40 PM   #9
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I leave my stuck key in the ignition and use the spare to open the door. At least I'll never leave my keys in the igntion since the spare key is always in my pocket!

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Old 02-28-2007, 05:03 PM   #10
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You probably need to replace the lock cylinder with a new one.

On the subject of graphite in locks, I had an incident years ago where a lock froze-up because of graphite. The locksmith said never to use it for lubricating locks because if any water gets in, the graphite will turn to a solid and freeze the lock. I don't know if it is really true, but I have never used graphite after that. I use a little oil every now and then and have never had a problem.
I have a friend that is a locksmith........he said: ......no to graphite......go figure

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Old 02-28-2007, 06:49 PM   #11
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You probably need to replace the lock cylinder with a new one.

On the subject of graphite in locks, I had an incident years ago where a lock froze-up because of graphite. The locksmith said never to use it for lubricating locks because if any water gets in, the graphite will turn to a solid and freeze the lock. I don't know if it is really true, but I have never used graphite after that. I use a little oil every now and then and have never had a problem.
Silicone or teflon? Wouldnt that be like spraying plastic right into your key cylinder? Silicone is the stuff some people use to make gaskets. And you want to spray that in your key cylinder?

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Old 03-01-2007, 09:18 AM   #12
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Silicon somes in many varieties. It is chemically similar to carbon (graphite is a form of carbon). And they also made breast implants from silicon.

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Silicon somes in many varieties. It is chemically similar to carbon (graphite is a form of carbon). And they also made breast implants from silicon.
Uh, no they make breast implants from silicone, which is what we're talking about (not silicon).

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Old 03-01-2007, 02:05 PM   #14
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Understand. Just making the bridge between graphite and silicone, and alternative uses (maybe a bit of a stretch).

From wipipedia
"Silicones (more accurately called polymerized siloxanes or polysiloxanes) are inorganic-organic polymers with the chemical formula [R2SiO]n, where R = organic groups such as methyl, ethyl, and phenyl. These materials consist of an inorganic silicon-oxygen backbone (...-Si-O-Si-O-Si-O-...) with organic side groups attached to the silicon atoms,..."

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