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#597284 - 05/07/05 06:16 AM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
04.SPT.WRX Offline

Registered: 04/29/05
Posts: 24
Loc: Southeastern, PA
I knew a Medeco authorized locksmith several years ago who swore by this stuff:

I have been using it ever since.

#597285 - 05/07/05 06:26 AM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
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Registered: 06/10/02
Posts: 2077
Loc: Cordelia, CA
Mobil 1 spray works great, if you already have some.

#597286 - 05/10/05 05:33 AM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
John K Offline

Registered: 09/06/03
Posts: 950
Loc: Loveland, Ohio
Probably not the issue but I've been warned to not use key rings with lots of keys because the weight can wear out the lock, going over bumps etc. Some people have lots of stuff hanging off of their key rings..... Something I never thought of until the Honda service manager pointed it out. He used the criteria that if he could hold the ignition key between thumb and forefinger it was ok.

#597287 - 07/11/05 02:46 AM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
Jim 5 Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 4009
Loc: Calgary Canada
GM Specifically recommends 5w30 on the locks and ignition of my '98 K1500. It's pretty easy to come by. I usually dip my key halfway in 5w30 and then run it in and out of the doors and ignition.

That reminds's about time.

#597288 - 08/10/05 05:38 PM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
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Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 876
Loc: dayton oh
dri-slide works well in locks.
iirc it is moly in kerosene or stoddard.
and the can has a needle spout suitable for locks.

#597289 - 08/10/05 06:06 PM Re: Good Oil for Locks ?
kenw Offline

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 1979
Loc: Houston
Originally posted by DNaatz:
So lotsa different advice(s) here.
My specific question relates on what's good for an ignition key that occasionally jams but always eventually starts the car.
I suggest WD40 which I have used in outside door locks and should not harm any electrical wiring it might get into - vs comments on graphite in earlier posts not being good for electrical contacts.

Any other thoughts for lubing the ignition switch tumblers?

actually it's probably not the tumblers. It's the steering lock.

You will notice that when this happens, your steering will only budge one way, meaning it is jammed in one direction. Turn the steering wheel in the direction that it WILL turn and try it. 99/100 this is the problem.

Had a friend once who had sprayed so much stuff in the lock that it wass dripping out of the steering column. I reached in, gave the wheel a yank and it fixed it. He still thinks the lock tumblers were jammed and I only "broke them loose". I highly doubt it, but it's not worth arguing.

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