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Old 12-31-2003, 02:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sometimes when i lock my car from the outside / driver's door, the key gets a bit jammed inside before i take it out. Only on my door this happens.
It keeps on doing this for a couple of days then back to normal, then again.. but i felt like it would be from moisture or some water from when its raining, or is it when its cold outside ? anyone had this before ?
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Old 12-31-2003, 10:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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could be either your tumblers are wearing out or the key may be wearing out. i think its just the tumblers in the lock.
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i think the tumblers cuz the key is always fine on the other (passenger) door.. but the thing is sometimes the lockin is back to normal for a few days... and i keep on noticing when the weather is cold and rainy this happens... when the weather is good sunshine and clear the locking becomes smoother .. heheheh am i superstitious ? heheh
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i've got a 325i from '91 and since 2 months ago, i have the same problem. Well, it's not really a big problem, if you can open the door :lol: ........ Maybe the weather does it (cold), but i think it's normal wear........
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Have you tried squirting a little graphite into the lock cylinder?
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Have you tried squirting a little graphite into the lock cylinder?
frank3 never tried the graphite thing.. how to do that ?

oh yeah by the way yest. it started raining and became too cold.. the locking problem happened again .. i guess am not superstitious afterall hehe !
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honestly just try some lubricant, its common practice to spray them every time i service the car, i dont think the dealer even does that.. (spray locks, hinges and latches.. and use silicone spray on rubber seals around the doors and trunk)
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Spraying graphite is really easy. Buy some graphite at the local hardware store (no need to trek to an auto parts store). They come in little metal cans with a pointy tip and the can indicates they're for lubricating auto locks, or locks in general.

Simply take the cover off the tip and place the tip in the lock where you put your key in. Squeeze the can once and the graphite (which is a gray/black powder) shoots into the lock cylender and lubricates all the parts.

Put your key in the lock and turn it back and forth a couple of times which will make sure that the graphite is covering all the parts inside.

You'll probably need to clean your key off for the first few times you use in the the lock as some graphite will come out on the key.

That's it...really simple.
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hey all..
i jz came back from the service center had a list of stuff to do. i asked for graphite they didnt have. But the did spray some oil and now its working fine..

BY THE WAY.. for a couple of laughs and cries... check my new posting !!!
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