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Has anyone had a problem with the gas cap lock not turning? My buddy has a 2005 1800r and he can't get the cap off. The key won't turn at all. Pushing down on the cap doesn't help. We sprayed some liquid graphite and that didn't help. This has been going on for quite a while now and it always eventually opened. Today, no luck. Two different keys didn't help either. Is it time for a dealer/locksmith visit?
 

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Is the key going in all the way? I was having a problem with the cap on one of my bikes and there was something down inside the lock.
 

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It seems like the key is going all the way in. We used two different keys with no luck. Both work in the ignition but......I had the same thought as you. We tried to take the "dash" off of the tank but the cap needs to be removed to do that.
 

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It seems like the key is going all the way in. We used two different keys with no luck. Both work in the ignition but......I had the same thought as you. We tried to take the "dash" off of the tank but the cap needs to be removed to do that.
If I'm remembering correctly ?????? On my 1300 the gas cap had to be depressed along with turning the key. Those two spring loaded catches may need a bit of lube once you get it out. I do recall that I put one of those leather tank bibs on and that caused me to depress the cap more to get it to latch in the hole.
 

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If I'm remembering correctly ?????? On my 1300 the gas cap had to be depressed along with turning the key. Those two spring loaded catches may need a bit of lube once you get it out.
Yep....it's gonna get lots of lube when/if it comes off. We've pushed it with two hands and tried turning the key but still nothing. I'm thinkin' either lock is broken or the mechanism that releases is stuck somehow. Just glad it happened close to home. Would have been a real pain if on vacation or a long ride somewhere and needed to get gas. :confused:
 

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Is the key going in all the way? I was having a problem with the cap on one of my bikes and there was something down inside the lock.
We did use my compressor to blow air in the key slot hoping it would dislodge anything in there but it didn't help.
 

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Just curious why you have a "locking" gas cap? Or are you talking about the gas cap door??
 

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Just curious why you have a "locking" gas cap? Or are you talking about the gas cap door??
On the VTX the cap comes off. It's not a door.

Anyway, it's now fixed. Dealer wanted $110 for a new one. They woudn't help get the old one off though. Locksmith wanted $150 to drill it out to get it off. Called another locksmith and he said bring the bike in. He used the key and WD40 and kept working it for about 45 minutes. Finally it started to turn. After it released and came off he took it apart and cleaned it and put it back together. Works like a charm now. Total cost? $10...turned out to be a great day.
 

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On the VTX the cap comes off. It's not a door.

Anyway, it's now fixed. Dealer wanted $110 for a new one. They woudn't help get the old one off though. Locksmith wanted $150 to drill it out to get it off. Called another locksmith and he said bring the bike in. He used the key and WD40 and kept working it for about 45 minutes. Finally it started to turn. After it released and came off he took it apart and cleaned it and put it back together. Works like a charm now. Total cost? $10...turned out to be a great day.
WooHoo. Son-of a-gun. I was going to suggest KY-Jelly as a last resort. WD and determination to the rescue.
 

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On the VTX the cap comes off. It's not a door.
Guess I didn't know what a 1800r was. Glad you got it fixed and the price was right..
 
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