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post #1 of 9 Old 06-26-2019, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Locked lock! Anyone else?

A few trips ago we were stopping for our last tank of go-juice and I couldn't turn the key. The ignition lock wouldn't turn. It was totally jammed. Fortunately I had some chain lube oil, so I dribbled a bunch in there and after a few minutes of jiggling and wiggling finally go the tumbler loose. Now I regularly squirt some Tri-Flow in there, just in case.

I've never had this problem in any vehicle before, in 50 years of driving/riding. Is this a known problem with gen 2 650s? (2013 DL650A).

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A few trips ago we were stopping for our last tank of go-juice and I couldn't turn the key. The ignition lock wouldn't turn. It was totally jammed. Fortunately I had some chain lube oil, so I dribbled a bunch in there and after a few minutes of jiggling and wiggling finally go the tumbler loose. Now I regularly squirt some Tri-Flow in there, just in case.

I've never had this problem in any vehicle before, in 50 years of driving/riding. Is this a known problem with gen 2 650s? (2013 DL650A).


Lube into the lock isn't a good idea as it will collect dirt.

Use some electrical contact cleaner to wash out all dirt/lube.
WD40 will work and not leave much film. Main thing is to get all the gunk out.

Some Teflon dry type lube onto the locking bar itself might help.

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Happened to me last fall and no amount of lube or cleaning helped. Removed the lock and took it to a locksmith. He found the key was bottoming before the locking tabs were fully out. A little more room was made in the bottom of the case and all was well. 5K later still good. Might have been able to file a tad from the tip of the key also, but would need to do both(spare).

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There's a thread on how to remove and fix the lock tumblers. The hardest part was removing the security bolts. Make sure not to reuse them.

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I found mine ignition lock a bit tight occasionally. Then I found I could depress the key further into the mechanism and then it would turn freely. Seems like it's spring loaded and has some free play.
I've given it a shot of silicone at some point but it's been easy to use since. I just depress the key occasionally.
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I found mine ignition lock a bit tight occasionally. Then I found I could depress the key further into the mechanism and then it would turn freely. Seems like it's spring loaded and has some free play.
I've given it a shot of silicone at some point but it's been easy to use since. I just depress the key occasionally.
I noticed that, too. I have developed a reflex now of pushing down on the key against that spring before I turn the key. Works pretty reliably.

I am going to clean the lock out now, though, based on others' advice.

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any problems with squirting some graphite in there? I often look at it wondering what kind of maintenance i should do on it. Its the perfect dirt collection.

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Mine just started doing this about a month ago. I squirted some chain lube in it and its been working. Its on the list of winter maintenance, hope it holds out for 5 months before it ceases to operate.

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a while back my ign lock was feeling kinda gummy and stiff. I alternately squirted carb cleaner where the key goes in and blew it out with compressed air several times. then sprayed some wd40 in there. cover the outside of the ign lock with a rag to catch the dirty carb cleaner as it comes out It works fine now.
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