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Old 25th November 2023, 14:01   #1
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Default Key won’t always fit into ignition

Hi. I sometimes have an issue where the key doesn’t want to go into the ignition. I have to keep trying it several times. Sometimes, for several minutes! Any idea why this is and how I can fix this issue? Thanks.
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Old 25th November 2023, 15:36   #2
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Solved here by using electronical contact spray. Has to be specific contact spray for electronics, not normal wd40 or so.
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Old 25th November 2023, 20:49   #3
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I had the same problem a few month ago. Previously the steering lock hadn't engaged for a few years and the key was just going in with no resistance. The problem I had with the key not going in felt like something was blocking the keys entrance.

I used a small amount of plus gas releasing oil on the key and worked it in and out. It still was binding a bit and I had to wiggle the steering wheel to get the key in. Now it's okay and the steering lock function has returned.
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Old 27th November 2023, 16:30   #4
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A locksmith recommended to me to use a pencil on the blade of the key. This was for a household lock, but the principle is the same. The graphite from the pencil is a natural lubricant and, not being a liquid, won't pick up all the crud an oil would.
HB grade or softer - a 6H would be no good!
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Old 27th November 2023, 17:32   #5
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A locksmith recommended to me to use a pencil on the blade of the key. This was for a household lock, but the principle is the same. The graphite from the pencil is a natural lubricant and, not being a liquid, won't pick up all the crud an oil would.
HB grade or softer - a 6H would be no good!
You can actually get graphite lock lubricant powder very cheaply:

Home Secure™ Graphite Powder Lubricant for High Security Cylinder Locks https://amzn.eu/d/c1ymiTg

That's what I would use - easier than making your own.
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Old 27th November 2023, 19:55   #6
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Thanks, everyone. Will try one of these techniques.
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