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post #1 of 8 Old 04-02-2018, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Key wont turn to on

A couple of times in the last week or so my will not turn to the on position. I was out running some errands and went to start the bike and the would not turn. It had been in the lock position and it moved to the off position but no further. I bought the bike new, it is a 2016 and it has 13,000k (8,000 miles).

I tried moving the key up and down, pulling it out and turning it over.

After about 10 minutes it did move to to the on position, so I rode straight home to check with you guys.

Should I put a graphite lubricant into the key hole?


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post #2 of 8 Old 04-02-2018, 07:36 PM
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It happened to me that same way: left parked with the lock on and after 15 minutes tried to move the switch to the on and nothing. It was like stuck; no matter how hard I try to turn the key. After a couple of minutes trying, I was able to turn the key. Back home used some WD40 and problem has cleared until now.

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-02-2018, 08:30 PM
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Pretty common on Suzuki it seems. Someone has a thread on it. Something about the keys being made from a harder metal than the brass tumblers in the lock and it causes excess wear. My 04 sometimes has a hard time and I just "bounce" the key a little bit while applying light pressure towards the on position, light pressure is the key it's easy to bend these keys into a helix if you're not careful. I lubricate with spray lube every time I change the oil. I also stopped using the lock position for the most part a long time ago since a good swift kick will break the tab anyway.
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-02-2018, 08:33 PM
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I have used graphite powder to lubricate gummed up locks for years with great success. Others prefer WD40. Both work well and either should cure the sticky mechanism.

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post #5 of 8 Old 04-02-2018, 09:33 PM
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a shot of dry chain lube worked for me on a similar problem on my dr 650. it was all I had handy and did the trick.

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post #6 of 8 Old 04-03-2018, 12:42 AM
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By all means use dry graphite... Liquids and grease will just trap dirt. Wd40 is not a good lubricant!

Is the other key any better?

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post #7 of 8 Old 04-03-2018, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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So graphite it is.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-03-2018, 04:21 PM
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Take the lock to bits and remove the offending tumblers, I think I removed the bottom three and the top one. There used to be a thread on this but the photos fell foul of photobucket. It's a pretty easy job once you get the ignition switch off for which you'll need one of those security torgue drive bits with an indentation in the center.

The tumblers wear as the key jiggles around in the barrel, the bottom ones seem to wear the most due to the angle I guess

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