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post #1 of 6 Old 05-27-2016, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Tank Lock is Sticky

The fuel tank lock on my 2006 KLR650 is getting pretty sticky and feels as if it needs some lubrication. Before I just start taking it apart, I thought I'd ask and see if there are any suggestions or wisdom on how to do it. Also, is there anything else I should do while I have it apart. - Thanks, Barry
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-27-2016, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Oops, my mistake for posting this here. I just re-posted under the 87 - 2006 wrenching section. If you're an administrator please dele this. Thanks, Barry
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-27-2016, 08:26 PM
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Either section would have been appropriate in my opinion. (I'm not a moderator.)

I'd try WD-40 in the key slot and the interior sliding bar 'lock'
Maybe use compressed air to blow-out the excess WD and grunge from the key lock portion.
The sliding bar lock will get rinsed with gas on the first ride.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-27-2016, 09:49 PM
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The more I ride in the dirt, especially the dry, dusty trails I find the airborne dust gets into every crack and crevasse. For my locks, I hit them with the compressor and then use graphite lock lubricant. A couple of quick squeezes and two or three turns and all is back to normal!
When I get home from trail rides or heavy rain ride, I always clean my chain and relube it as well!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-28-2016, 07:38 AM
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Cleaning out my key cylinders is part of my regular cleaning. A little air and wd40. I like wd because its a water displacement solution too.

Also, not that anybody asked, but heavy key chains or lots of keys on a key chain isn't good for the ignition cylinder.
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