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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Key won’t go in all the way

Hi all, so I used a tube of granite powder on my locks today and when I went to put my goldwing key in the ignition of my 01 Wing, the key went in just over half way into the ignition slot. I’m not sure what happened but I stuck the tube or graphite into the ignition hole spritzed a little. Now the key won’t go in and I’m thinking I got too much graphite or a piece of the plastic tip in there. Anyone have any thoughts as I don’t wanna screw up my screw up any more. I have tried blowing air into the key cylinder hole. I can’t really see too well into the hole to see if there is an obstruction. I’m not sure how to go about it.

Thanks for your input guys.
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I'm not sure about the 01 but on the 06 it was possible to remove and dis-mantle the ignition switch. If I remember right there is just two screws holding it in.
If you do take it apart keep track of the order of the pins.
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You mention granite powder and then graphite powder???
I suggest using a vacuum cleaner. If that does not work you may have to take the ignition switch out, invert it and try to get whatever you put in it out. If that does not work, then you will probably have to disassemble the switch.

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Yes I mean to say graphite powder. Thanks for your suggestions.
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If there is something stuck a good strong shopvac over the lock should work.

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Yes I mean to say graphite powder. Thanks for your suggestions.
Powder ? That will do it. Next time we " grease " the key. Maybe a spray of WD-40 will liquefy the powder. Put some of that powder on a surface and hit it with WD-40 and see what it does.

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You have already read the suggestions I would make. Hope the flushing or vacuum works.

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Hi all, so I used a tube of granite powder on my locks today and when I went to put my goldwing key in the ignition of my 01 Wing, the key went in just over half way into the ignition slot. Iím not sure what happened but I stuck the tube or graphite into the ignition hole spritzed a little. Now the key wonít go in and Iím thinking I got too much graphite or a piece of the plastic tip in there. Anyone have any thoughts as I donít wanna screw up my screw up any more. I have tried blowing air into the key cylinder hole. I canít really see too well into the hole to see if there is an obstruction. Iím not sure how to go about it.

Thanks for your input guys.
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Why in the world did you put graphite in key hole?
Only people who use graphite nowadays is the U.S. Navy. BUT they strip and clean the locks on a regular basis.
WD-40 or Silicone Spray works great. (And you don't have to wipe your key off before putting it back in your pocket.)
You might try flushing it out with WD-40. Spray profusely again and again until key goes in and out easily.
Keep a rag handy as the graphite makes a huge mess.
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I'd remove the ignition barrel and clean it off the bike. Worse comes to worse if it's pooched, it has to come out anyway...
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Why in the world did you put graphite in key hole?
Only people who use graphite nowadays is the U.S. Navy. BUT they strip and clean the locks on a regular basis.
WD-40 or Silicone Spray works great. (And you don't have to wipe your key off before putting it back in your pocket.)
You might try flushing it out with WD-40. Spray profusely again and again until key goes in and out easily.
Keep a rag handy as the graphite makes a huge mess.
graphite being dry....doesn't attract dust, dirt, and pocket lint like liquid grease does.... and does not get stiff in the freezing temps..... locks that I use graphite powder in stay working much longer than any lock that I have used WD40 or Liquid Wrench.... I have used the last two if a lock has been hanging outside for years and hasn't been taken care of just to get it to open.... then use carb cleaner to get all the grease out and graphite it.

You just can't over do it or like he said... can't get the key in.... you should try it.
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