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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old April 20th, 2017, 08:02 Thread Starter
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Locks Don't Turn Easily

I've had this problem ever since I got the car, you put the key in the lock and it won't turn to lock or unlock the doors or pop the trunk. You have to wiggle it around and kind of get it to turn, it gets very annoying especially when I'm with someone and we're standing there because I can't open the door XD

I tried using dry graphite lubricant, but it's not the actual pins that are the problem. It's like the whole lock barrel itself gets stuck and doesn't want to open. And it's on all the locks. The ignition key is fine though.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old April 20th, 2017, 10:15
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Squirt some WD40 into the lock, and then wiggle a key around a few times. You have to use something that can penetrate the tumbler galleries and free them up. Everyone says that graphite is the best lubricant, but that only applies if you are starting out with a lock that is clean and free.

You could also try getting a new key that is cut to the code and not duplicated from one that you have. Accumulated wear of the key and the tumblers can make the lock sloppy, and sometimes a new key will pick up enough slack to make it work again.
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personally... I'd get a key cut by code instead of a copy by a typical key machine. The code can be found on any of the lock assemblies
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