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post #1 of 13 Old 12-10-2013, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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ignition switch problem

Hi all,

I'm finding that I'm having trouble turning my key to get my bike started. It used to be super rare, but is getting worse, to the point I'm worried I will not be able to turn it and get stranded. I'm guessing it is based on some corrosion issue, unfortunately I've had to keep my bike outside for the last few years. I live in L.A. so it doesn't get rained on much but is often moist in the morning from dew. Is there any spray or lube that might help the problem, or do I need to replace the ignition? Thanks!

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Many will chide in with their varied opinions, but WD40 is your friend. My locksmith recommends it, and since he has been in business for over 25 years I trust him.

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Lubricate it.

I've used WD-40 sucessfully. I've also used graphite, silicone lubricants, CRC 3-36, 3in1 oil, and several others.

Any light weight lubricant will do the job. Your ignition doesn't get much moisture in it so even if you use graphite it will probably be fine for years.
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Many will chide in with their varied opinions, but WD40 is your friend. My locksmith recommends it, and since he has been in business for over 25 years I trust him.
Even in an ignition?

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Different locksmiths have different opinions. One where I used to work likes WD40.

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Happened to me on a trip with my DR650. Key wouldn't turn. I was almost ready to by pass the ignition but I gave it a shot of Dupont Chain Saver with Teflon cause that's what I had. Instant fix, no problems to date. Most lubes would probably work.
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A LITTLE squirt of WD40 made a big difference on mine.

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thanks for the feedback

Thanks, everyone. My concern was gumming up the mechanism and making matters worse. I tried WD-40 and seems to have worked.
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Key and pin wear

Another consideration is key and pin wear. As years of use accumulate the key will wear down and the edges will become soft sometimes necessitating a jiggle while you turn approach. If you have the key code, you can get a duplicate key made with the original peaks and valleys, as opposed to duping from a worn key.
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If he thinks corrosion is the problem then

Water Displacement Formula 40 is a very good choice

It leaves a hard waxy film which protects against moisture but does attract and hold grit
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